Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of long-term (chronic) lung diseases that makes it difficult to breathe. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. A pulmonary rehabilitation
program that includes education, exercise, breathing exercises and other forms of treatment may help reduce your symptoms, improve your quality of life and reduce COPDrelated trips to the hospital and doctor’s office. Pulmonary rehabilitation
is available to patients who are referred by a physician and whose medical records have been reviewed by rehabilitation staff. Patients with a number of conditions are eligible. Appropriate candidates may be diagnosed with:
Patients referred to the program take part in an orientation session during which a comprehensive assessment of their needs and goals will be completed. An individual exercise prescription will be formulated for each patient, and each patient will undergo
a standardized exercise test to produce baseline work capacity information.
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