Physical therapy can be used as a preventative measure against risk factors for heart disease. It can also be used to build up cardiovascular health after a person has had cardiac surgery. The goal is to build the patient's endurance to promote independent functioning, or performing daily activities.
The thoracic aorta is the biggest artery of the body. It lives within the chest doing its job of delivering blood flow from the heart to all the other arteries of the body. The aorta is located just under the sternum, initially above the heart as it aims headward, then turning left and downward towards the abdomen, pelvis, and…