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Advising patients on physical activity and asthma

Asthma Exercise
Heather Henry explains how nurses can provide information on how exercise can affect patients with asthma

Asthma is the most common long term respiratory condition, characterised by: cough; wheeze; dyspnoea; and variable, reversible airflow obstruction. As such it presents a significant burden of morbidity on the wellbeing of people and on health and care services. Regular physical activity is protective against a variety of chronic illnesses such as hypertension, ischemic heart disease, type II diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, colon cancer, anxiety, and depression.1

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One of the main triggers of asthma is physical activity and as such nurses need to know exactly what happens in the lungs, how to manage it clinically and what advice to give to people and families for their generally wellbeing.

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