The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges for the provision of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. In order to respond to the pandemic requirements for social distancing along with an increased number of patients with COVID-19 related cardiac and pulmonary disorders as well as long COVID, novel approaches to cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation had to be adopted. This session will review the challenges and opportunities presented for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation during a pandemic and present novel solutions to provide care for patients, including at home, telerehabilitation, and remote cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Participants will have an understanding of the novel uses of at home cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, along with an understanding of the legislative and financial changes that now allow for the provision of these services in novel ways and for a larger population of affected patients.
Survey the changes and responses that took place following the COVID-19 pandemic and changes that took place in outpatient Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation programs.
Describe the principles of conditioning and monitoring progress of patients living with Cardiorespiratory dysfunction including CAD, heart failure, pulmonary fibrosis, COPD and long-COVID.
Understand the indication and use of simple screening tools that can be incorporated into outpatient clinical practice of all rehabilitation disciplines caring for post-COVID and post-acute care cardiac patients.