Pulmonary Consequence of COVID-19 Podcast

Pulmonary Consequence of COVID-19 Podcast

Pulmonary Consequence of COVID-19: Impacts on Exercise Responses and Implications for Clinical Practice Podcast

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Since the first case detected in Australia in January 2020, there have been over 160,000 Australians who have experienced COVID-19. There is a wide clinical spectrum of COVID-19 disease, varying from asymptomatic or mild respiratory illness with spontaneous recovery to advanced respiratory illness requiring medical intervention.

Irrespective of the severity of COVID-19 disease, many people continue to report debilitating symptoms months following initial infection with the virus, with the most problematic being breathlessness and fatigue triggered by physical activity and exercise. Emerging evidence suggests that, in up to half of people who were hospitalised for COVID-19, the pulmonary consequences — impaired oxygen diffusing capacity of the lungs and restrictive ventilatory defect — persist for over three months. These pathophysiological changes impact exercise responses, which requires consideration when prescribing and delivering exercise-based interventions.

This webinar aims to improve the theoretical knowledge of AEPs around:  
  • The pulmonary pathophysiological consequences of acute COVID-19
  • The symptomology and pulmonary pathophysiology of long COVID, including impacts on exercise responses  
  • How to modify exercise prescription and delivery according to outcomes of assessments of clinical and functional status in people with long-COVID
  • How to assess and manage exertional breathlessness
This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 8 December, 2021. 

Presented by Dr Hayley Lewthwaite, PhD, AEP

Hayley is a Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Central Coast campus of the University of Newcastle, and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist. She is a research fellow in the Treatable Traits Centre of Research Excellence and an adjunct research fellow with IIMPACT at University of South Australia. Hayley completed a PhD in 2018 at University of South Australia, exploring how to optimise physical activity, sedentary and sleep behaviours in people with chronic lung disease. Following completion of her PhD, Hayley moved to Canada for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University supported by an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship and a Le Fonds de Recherche du Québec Santé Postdoctoral Training Fellowship. Hayley's research focuses on exploring pathophysiological mechanisms underlying activity-related symptoms (such as breathlessness), with the aim of improving symptom identification, assessment and management. In particular, Hayley looks to find novel approaches to manage activity-related breathlessness and enable people who live with persistent breathlessness to get the most out of exercise training and be more active in their day-to-day life. Hayley has published over 20 peer review manuscripts in this field.

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