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Pulmonary (Lung) Rehabilitation

Pulmonary disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 16 million Americans are affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and more than 14 million suffer from asthma.

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps persons with pulmonary disease make healthy lifestyle changes to lessen the symptoms of the disease, and assist them in returning to a more active life. The program also provides patients and their families with information and support to help meet the day-to-day challenges of living with a chronic lung disease.

Who Will Benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

People with chronic pulmonary diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma, as well as for persons receiving pre- and post- conditioning for lung transplantation or lung reduction surgery.

Attending Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help:

  • Control the symptoms and complications of pulmonary disease
  • Achieve an optimal level of independence and physical activity
  • Reduce hospitalizations
  • Improve self-confidence and quality of life

In Pulmonary Rehabilitation, you will receive:

  • Breathing retraining to improve blood oxygen levels
  • Education about your lung disease and how to lessen your symptoms
  • Instruction about your medications
  • Physical conditioning and strength training
  • Information on how to cope with your lung disease

How to Enroll

Pulmonary rehabilitation must be ordered by a physician. The rehabilitation team, consisting of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, exercise specialists, dieticians, pharmacists and behavioral counselors, will tailor a program specific to your individual needs.

Program Specifics

Most insurance companies, including Medicare, cover the cost of pulmonary rehabilitation. The program typically lasts four to 12 weeks, meeting two or three times per week. Consistent participation is important for improvement to occur. Every attempt is made to offer efficient, economical service.