Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Pulmonology / Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Most individuals with chronic lung disease work very hard to breathe and waste a great deal of energy in the process.

Shortness of breath occurs with the slightest activity, which can frighten you into avoiding activities that might trigger it. Muscles may then become deconditioned, and any further activity causes even more shortness of breath and anxiety. Pulmonary rehabilitation may be the key to breathing easier, becoming more active and independent, and leading a more productive and happy life.

Pulmonary rehabilitation includes exercise, education, and group discussions. It is designed to help patients return to doing many everyday activities they haven’t been able to enjoy because of lung disease.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is intended for people:

  • With chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, asthma or pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Who are limited in what they can do because of shortness of breath.
  • Who want to take an active part in controlling their disease and getting the most out of life.

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps to:

  • Decrease shortness of breath
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Increase your independence
  • Improve your understanding of the disease and how to manage it

When you enroll in pulmonary rehabilitation, you will learn:

  • How your lungs work
  • How to save energy in daily activities
  • About your medications, how they work and when you should take them
  • Breathing and coughing techniques
  • How to use special equipment
  • Things that can trigger physical and emotional problems and ways to deal with them
  • How to reduce stress
  • What to eat and drink to help you stay healthy

Each Pulmonary Rehabilitation session will last 12 weeks.

Session information:

  • 2 hour sessions/3 days a week Dedicated and trained staff to meet your pulmonary rehabilitation goals:
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Dietitian
  • Diabetic Educator 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation will take place in the Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department.

For more information, please call 740.393.9690.

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