Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation, offers a supervised exercise program with educational and emotional support for individual and group settings. The program assists people in learning to control the symptoms of their lung disease while working to achieve and maintain their maximum level of independence and functioning in the community, thereby improving their quality of life. Such lung diseases include:

  • Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer/surgery
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

Benefits

Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to lung disease. Other benefits include:

  • Improve the strength of the muscles used for breathing
  • Manage shortness of breath
  • Increase upper body strength
  • Improve ability to do daily activities
  • Improve quality of life
  • Avoid or shorten hospital stays
  • Lower stress and depression levels

What can I expect?

Your doctor will do an exam and spirometry breathing test before referring you to the pulmonary rehabilitation program. We will use the results from the test to specialize your care plan. During the first session, we'll meet with you and your family to:

  • Review your medical history
  • Discuss your needs and goals
  • Explain the pulmonary rehab program
  • Perform a time walk test
  • Provide guidelines for home exercise and breathing techniques

The pulmonary rehabilitation sessions are held three times a week for eight weeks. All sessions include education and supervised exercise that will last about 60 minutes.