Barbara Deglau always enjoyed skiing, snowshoeing and cycling but when symptoms of lung disease started creeping up on her, exercise became challenging.
Following a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, Barbara participated in a study at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI) at St. Paul’s Hospital. Researchers were investigating whether high levels of oxygen would reduce breathing discomfort for individuals with chronic lung disease during exercise. Funding from St. Paul’s Foundation made the purchase of the exercise equipment for this study possible.
Based on promising preliminary results, the research team has been able to take their clinical trial across the country.