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Pulmonary rehabilitation is a medically-supervised program for people who have chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, or lung tumors. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs can often improve function, reduce symptoms, and improve the well-being of patients.
The program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific lung problem or disease. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program.
The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to help patients return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life - physically, emotionally, and socially.
In order to help reach these goals, pulmonary rehabilitation programs may include:
- Medication management to help reduce respiratory symptoms, complications, and hospitalizations
- Breathing exercises to improve lung capacity and fitness
- Calisthenics or stretching exercises to improve flexibility
- Weight training to increase exercise endurance and conditioning
- Exercise machines such as stationary bicycles and treadmills
- Patient and family education and counseling
- Smoking cessation
- Stress management and emotional support
- Nutritional counseling
- Assistance with obtaining respiratory equipment and portable oxygen
- Vocational counseling
Ask your doctor if you are eligible. Your primary care physician or cardiologist doesn't need to be affiliated with Community Medical Center to participate in our program.