Pune: Lieutenant General AK Singh, Army Commander of Southern Command, inaugurated a ‘Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre’ at the Army Institute of Cardio-Thoracic Sciences (AICTS, Pune). It is the first such facility to be developed in an AFMS hospital which offers a holistic Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Programme for patients with heart and lung disease.

The programme is medically supervised, individually tailored and consists of endurance-building exercises, meditation, yoga and education to improve the overall quality of life of such individuals. A multidisciplinary holistic healthcare team comprising physiotherapists, dieticians, yoga teachers, doctors and nurses will help treat these patients with various cardiac and/ or pulmonary disorders who are either recovering after heart or lung surgery/ interventions or have physical limitations due to cardiac or pulmonary disorders.

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Patients with heart and lung diseases tend to carry a psychological burden from their disease even after treatment and need a holistic care programme to get them back to their earlier fitness levels. Such rehabilitation programmes are crucial in their recovery.

The General officer also visited the state of art Virtual Reality Lab, again a first of its kind in the country. The lab uses virtual reality technology as a research tool to help in the surgical pre-planning of patients with complex congenital heart disease and simultaneously can be used in medical education.

Army Institute of Cardio-Thoracic Sciences (AICTS), Pune is a 600 bedded super speciality hospital of the Indian Armed Forces. It is one of the oldest centres of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery in India. The hospital was established in 1945 as Indo British General Hospital at Aundh in Pune. It was raised after the Second World War, as a hospital for Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases.

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