Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy by Ellen Hillegass

Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive guide to everything a physical therapist needs to know in relation to cardiopulmonary clinical practice. The disablement model is used in describing the eight cardiopulmonary practice patterns. The new and revised chapters with the Evolve companion website facilitates enhanced knowledge with clinical pearls in the form of tips, tables and frameworks to prescription with appropriate case studies. It is a complete package of every aspect of the subject with recent evidence based updates.

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This book is available in the traditional printed format as well as Ebook form. Very well illustrated in full colour illustrating many of the cardiopulmonary concepts. It is supported by videos and further information on the book’s website.


The 22 chapters contributed by 28 authors who are very renowned to the current state of knowledge in this field has scripted the contents with thorough referencing.  A major strength of this book is the clinical tip on almost all pages as well as the descriptive photographs and tables making the understanding easy for the reader to identify the key information quickly. For me each chapter included fascinating facts which I have never read in other Physical Therapy books on cardiopulmonary.

All the sections conform in quality and style. The depth of coverage is good with no stone left unturned to deliver best knowledge. There is a balanced discussion of conditions with appropriate consideration towards physical therapy.

The discursive style ensures a stimulating and readable book that will be of value to all who aim to provide effective cardiopulmonary physical therapy. The intervention manual in chapter 18 kept the specific implications for physiotherapy in relation to the diagnostic findings. All of the elements of a rehabilitation approach are simply and clearly described.


Intended for not just physical therapists but all health practitioners dealing with cardiopulmonary care. The topics covered in this book will broaden the forgoing practice of physical therapists dealing with cardiopulmonary patients.


The blend of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, medical, surgical, pharmacological and physical therapy approaches with diagnostic test and procedures, outcome measures are well described with accuracy, balance and completeness maintaining the interest, clarity, readability and consistency. I would recommend the reader to pay particular attention to the specific implications to physical therapy.

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Based on best practices prescribed in The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, 3rd Edition provides comprehensive coverage of anatomy and physiology, assessment, and aspects of the cardiopulmonary systems, with a focus on their interaction. The disablement model is used in describing the eight cardiopulmonary practice patterns. Expert author Ellen Hillegass also discusses pathophysiology, pharmacology, and interventions in the outpatient setting. Incorporating Guide language, her practical approach progresses logically from basic sciences through intervention, and emphasizes lifespan considerations.

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