Help, I am short of breath! 🥵


About the research

Out of breath after just eight steps up the stairs? That is the case every day for the 600,000 people in Belgium with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As a result, they often avoid physical exertion, which further worsens their condition and their shortness of breath. Physiotherapist Astrid Blondeel (KU Leuven) wants to help them using a personalised coaching programme and a smartphone app. 🏃🏽‍♀️ 📱

Astrid Blondeel
FWO - KU Leuven

Astrid is pursuing a PhD at the research group for rehabilitation in internal disorders at the KU Leuven. Her interest in respiratory diseases arose during her internships as a physiotherapist. With her PhD, she focuses on combined strategies to improve physical activity in patients with chronic lung disease. With passion and enthusiasm, Astrid aims to advance therapeutic options and quality of life for patients with chronic lung disease.

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