The Respiratory Investigation Unit at Queen's University is dedicated to studying the mechanical, chemical and psychological mechanisms of dyspnea (respiratory discomfort) and activity limitation in patients with a variety of cardiorespiratory diseases (eg., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, heart failure, etc.). These studies help to develop innovative treatment approaches to alleviate dyspnea, increase functional capacity and improve quality of life in these patients. The effects of human pregnancy, obesity, female gender, aging and pulmonary rehabilitation on the chemical and mechanical control of breathing at rest and during exercise is also being examined.
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Patient-oriented research at Kingston General Hospital
featuring an overview of the RIU headed by Dr. Denis O’Donnell, MD