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A 61-year-old male asked:

I am a fitness trainer. should my client take out his tracheostomy tube when we do more intense workouts so that he can breathe better?

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Dr. Phillip Goebel
Emergency Medicine 16 years experience
Ask his doctor: That is a question to ask the physician caring directly for your client. Who knows the clients history and airway anatomy.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: Tracheostomies are placed in patients when they are not able to breathe on their own without it. If a patient has a tracheostomy tube then removing it may make breathing more difficult. This could be very dangerous. The patient needs to discuss when and if to remove this with their physician.

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