Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, caused by bacteria, a virus or fungi.  These pathogens trigger an inflammatory response in the air sacs of our lungs, causing them to fill with fluids.

This fluid prevents efficient gas exchange in the lungs causing a patient to experience various symptoms.  These include shortness of breath, increased rate of breathing,  elevated heart rate, and chest pain.  These symptoms can be dangerous for patients with comorbidities, such as heart disease or COPD.


Mild cases of Pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics, but more severe cases can lead to hospital admission.  The Pneumococcal vaccine can help to protect you against severe episodes of Pneumonia.  During the winter months you may be thinking about getting a Pneumonia vaccine, especially if you have heart disease or COPD.


A recent study supported the promotion of exercise, and found that it reduces Pneumonia-related mortality in those aged above 65.  Exercise helps to improve immune function, and you should be aiming to achieve 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week.  This can be done by going for a walk, cycling, or using a cross-trainer at Heart Care!

If you would like some advice of increasing your weekly exercise minutes, speak with one of our exercise physiologists or call 01922 725050. 

Ryan Hogkinson

Exercise Physiologist