The Importance of Respiratory Care for Muscular Dystrophy

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by Wendy Henderson |

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Respiratory care is an important element of care for muscular dystrophy (MD) patients. As the disease progresses, the muscles required to breathe and cough become weakened, forcing some patients to need assistance.

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Muscular Dystrophy Canada advises MD patients to educate themselves about respiratory care. In particular, to know the signs of a weakening respiratory system so that measures can be put into place as early as possible to prevent hospitalization or life-threatening respiratory conditions.

Here are some signs that an MD patient may need respiratory care: they need to sleep more often, lack of concentration, constant fatigue, muscle twitching, headaches, shortness of breath while resting, and difficulty sleeping or laying down.

If you experience any of these symptoms, speak to your healthcare team to find out if you require respiratory assistance. Muscular Dystrophy Canada has a series of videos covering all aspects of respiratory care, from adult and pediatric care to how to care for breathing muscles.

MORE: Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s parents’ guide to the disease.

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