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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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:

  • COPD
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Asthma

Programs

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.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation therapy sessions include:

Support:

A group with which to share success and encouragement, and in turn, be encouraged.

Exercise:

Activity to improve heart and lung function, as well as increase muscular strength. Heart rate, oxygen saturation, and EKG are monitored during the exercise sessions

Education:

Informative sessions to educate patients about how to better cope with their disease, how to modify their lifestyle, and reduce risk factors for their disease.

Patient progress is closely monitored and the therapy plan modified as needed to maximize benefits to the patient.



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