Health care is often a matter of life and death, and that is certainly the case with Respiratory Therapists (RTs). There are few things more fundamental to good health than a properly functioning heart and lungs. RTs work in diverse settings but wherever they are situated, they deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary problems. Their skills are needed in emergency situations, ongoing treatment and in educating patients about crucial information for their health. RTs need a strong background in a number of health care areas, as well as practical skills and good judgement. These are developed step-by-step in a three-year program that is both challenging and confidence-building. Whenever breathing is problematic, Respiratory Therapists are needed to help restore good health.