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HeartCardiorespiratory physiologists work closely with patients and investigate the functioning of the heart and lungs to diagnose abnormalities, providing key scientific and technological roles in the prevention, diagnosis and monitoring of disease.  A cardiac or respiratory physiologist will be responsible for ensuring that safe, accurate, reliable and repeatable results are produced, which is vital for ensuring the quality of life for your patients.

They use specialist equipment, advanced technology and a range of different investigations to fulfil their role. Cardiorespiratory physiological scientists provide therapeutic intervention and long-term patient management and care.  A clinical physiologist working in cardiac or respiratory sciences will undertake crucial diagnostic, monitoring and analytical procedures in patients ranging from babies to the elderly that have known or suspected cardiac disease.

LungsCardiac physiologists will often work as part of a large team providing care to patients. They are responsible for carrying out a range of tests to assess cardiac function: Electrocardiography (ECG), Exercise Stress testing (Ex-ECG), pacemaker implantation, management and follow-up, cardiac catheterisation procedures, echocardiography and electrophysiological studies. 

Respiratory physiologists work with patients that have lung, chest wall, airway or blood oxygenation problems, such as asthma, emphysema, respiratory muscle disease and pulmonary vascular disorders. Their role is to identify the type of and severity of the disorder and to monitor response of the patient to treatment. They work with patients, performing a variety of tests that require considerable encouragement, technical accuracy and skills, as well as a dedicated and caring approach. The range of tests that they perform includes full cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, sleep studies, bronchial challenge testing and measurements of dynamic and static lung volumes. They may also be involved in performing respiratory gas exchange studies, muscle function studies, blood gas analysis, and monitoring responses to treatment, allergy testing and physiological response to exercise. 

Basic Life Support

The Basic Life Support is the name of a short course for medical and non-medical staff to provide personnel with the skills required to maintain a patent airway to support breathing and the circulation without the use of equipment following a cardiac arrest until further advanced or professional help arrives.

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