April 30, 2020: We all know by now that COVID-19 can strike anyone, and that its effects can range from being invisible to requiring intubation and a respirator for patients who can’t breathe on their own. What you might not know is that when people are hospitalized and are just beginning to recover from the most severe effects of the novel coronavirus, physical therapists are helping. And physical therapy will continue to be needed by some long after they leave the hospital.
Talia Pollok is a board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. She is well familiar with how COVID-19 can affect the heart and lungs, and what physical therapists can do to help those afflicted regain function and movement and reclaim their lives in the near and long term. She joins us to share those insights and relays important messages about how best to promote and maintain optimal heart and lung health all of the time.
How can individuals live a healthy life, in general, to give them the best chance of fighting any illness? And what can otherwise healthy people do to strengthen their bodies now against the worst potential effects of COVID-19?
Talia answers those questions and many others.
Here’s our conversation with Talia.
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Talia Pollok, PT, DPT, is a critical care physical therapist and board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. She has over 10 years of clinical experience providing physical therapy in an academic setting, where she collaborates with a variety of different providers on multidisciplinary teams to meet the needs of critically ill patients and families. She also teaches and serves as a mentor to staff and students. Currently, she serves as the education chairperson for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.