What is Pulmonary Rehab?

Pulmonary Rehab is a comprehensive, medically supervised program designed to assist patients in regaining their physical capacity and improving the quality of life of those who have chronic lung diseases. Additionally, patients are provided with the educational resources that will help them to make health decisions that can help slow and stabilize the progression of their lung disease.

In combination with proper medication and diet, exercise is of vital importance to improving lung function, decreasing symptoms, and stopping the progression of lung disease. Our staffing includes master-level exercise physiologists, a physician, respiratory therapists, registered dieticians, registered pharmacists, and case managers. Together we create a multidisciplinary team that is well-versed in caring for individuals with lung disease. Our facility is located on the first floor of the hospital in the Heart and Vascular Center.

What do I do during my Pulmonary Rehab sessions?

Pulmonary Rehab provides monitoring of individualized exercise prescriptions so that each visit is individually tailored to you. We also provide educational programs to assist patients in risk factor modifications.

Classes are taught by multidisciplinary teams, including exercise physiologists, registered pharmacist, registered dietitian, respiratory therapists, and stress counselor. Courses include smoking cessation, medication review, stress reduction, bronchial hygiene, anatomy of the lungs, diabetes, nutrition and other topics of interest to pulmonary patients and their families.

How often do I participate in Pulmonary Rehab?

Patients attend exercise three days per week, (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday), for one hour. There are education classes offered throughout the month that may increase the appointment to two hours.

Who can participate in Pulmonary Rehab?

Anyone who has had any one of these events/procedures may join the program with a written order from their physician:

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Interstitial Fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Lung Transplant

Does insurance cover Pulmonary Rehab?

Pulmonary Rehab is a medically necessary service and is covered by nearly all insurance companies, including Medicare. The hospital staff will call your insurance company and verify your insurance coverage before beginning the program.

Our program goals include:

  • Improve the patient’s quality of life
  • Achieve independent function of daily living
  • Control and alleviate symptoms
  • Decrease psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression
  • Increase exercise tolerance
  • Return patients to employment when possible
  • Preventing negative physical and psychological effects of inactivity
  • Reducing risk factors for heart disease

Benefits of Pulmonary Rehab include:

  • Decreased risk factors for coronary heart disease
  • Improved ability to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Improved blood pressure control
  • Improved blood cholesterol levels
  • Improved body flexibility
  • Improved strength and stamina
  • Improved weight management
  • Safe exercise habits

Our hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7 a.m. – Noon and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Participation in the program requires an order from your doctor.

For information about eligibility for the program, call: (281) 401-7733