14 March 2017

The correlation of respiratory muscle strength and cough capacity in stroke patients

Posted in Scientific News, Research News, Pulmonary Function Tests

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A study on the Journal of Physical Therapy Science investigates how inspiratory and expiratory training can improve cough capacity in stroke patients, which can reduce pulmonary complications.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between respiratory muscle strength improvement through respiratory training and cough capacity in stroke patients.

Forty-two stroke patients were assigned to 2 different groups (intervention group=21, control group=21). Both groups participated in a conventional stroke rehabilitation program, with the intervention group also receiving respiratory muscle training for 20 to 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week for 8 weeks.

A Pony FX spirometer was used to measure pulmonary function (FVC), inspiratory muscle strength (MIP), and expiratory muscle strength (MEP).

The article details are the following:

- Title: "The correlation of respiratory muscle strength and cough capacity in stroke patients"
- Authors: Jo MR, Kim NS
- Published in
: J Phys Ther Sci. 2016 Oct;28(10):2803-2805

The study can be downloaded for free at the following link: click here


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