Pathologies and physical therapy of the cardio-respiratory system

lkine1023  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Pathologies and physical therapy of the cardio-respiratory system
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
7 credits
45.0 h + 30.0 h
Michotte Jean-Bernard; Poncin William (coordinator); Reychler Gregory; Van Caenegem Olivier;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
On the basis of the descriptions of concrete clinical cases, the course will analyse in an integrated way the various aspects highlighted by these clinical situations (after to the student proposed personal readings) The semiology of the different studied pathologies will be particularly analysed as an indication of the physiotherapy techniques. The main techniques of respiratory, cardiac and vascular physiotherapy will be studied in a critical way as for their indications, application methods and results. They will also be approached in practice according to the possibilities offered by work on healthy subjects.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this teaching, the student will know the anatomopathologic, physiopathologic chararcteristics and the semiology of the great respiratory syndroms as well as of diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, asthma and pneumonia. The student will understand the mechanisms and repercussions of the main cardio-vascular diseases. He will know the indications and practical methods of the physiotherapy techniques suitable for the described cardio-respiratory and vascular deficits.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Before reviewing the main pathological syndromes involving the respiratory system, through respiratory syndromes with a particular emphasis on clinical semiology, basics of respiratory mechanics will be detailed. In particular, the role and dysfunctions of respiratory muscles as a key element of the respiratory system will be discussed. Functional respiratory evaluation will be addressed through basic spirometry and patient's clinical exam. The purpose of respiratory physiotherapy will then be developed and the main techniques will be described and critically analysed. The same approach is developed in relation to cardiac function.
Teaching methods
The educational unit is given in classroom sessions. Powerpoint is the main support. Clinical cases and video capsules will support the education. Active participation will be solicitated through connected applications.
Evaluation methods
Multiple Choice
Other information
Prerequisite: Cell Physiology, Anatomy General, systematic and functional Rating: oral or written examination and continuous assessment elements Support: Syllabus and book (s) Framing: Holder (s)
Online resources
Moodle platform
La pneumologie fondée sur les preuves, 5e ed., SPLF (Editions Margaux Orange)
Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials, 10e ed. J.B. West and A.M. Luks (Editions Wolters Kluwer)
Pulmonary pathophysiology: The Essentials, 8e ed., J.B. West (Editions Wolters Kluwer)
Kinésithérapie respiratoire, 3e ed. (2014), G. Reychler, J. Roeseler, P. Delguste (Elsevier Masson)
Teaching materials
  • Kinésithérapie respiratoire, 3e ed. (2014), G. Reychler, J. Roeseler, P. Delguste (Elsevier Masson)
  • Support Powerpoint du cours
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

Master [120] in Motor Skills: Physical Education