What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps you to improve your quality of life, although
Pulmonary Rehabilitation cannot cure your lung disease.
- Decrease the symptoms of your disease or condition by exercising
- Improve your ability to do everyday tasks with less fatigue and shortness of breath
- Help you manage symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Help you understand and manage your lung disease with a variety of educational topics
Pulmonary Rehabilitation allows you to make the most of the limited lung
function you have, helping put you in charge of your breathing instead
of your breathing being in charge of you.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a service designed for those who experience
lung problems such as:
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Lung Cancer and Lung Cancer Surgery
What does the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program consist of?
It consists of three main components: Exercise, Education, and Emotional Support.
• Exercise - Participants undergo an in-depth initial evaluation before
starting the program that will determine the proper exercises based on
individual needs. This includes an aerobic portion, such as treadmill
or recumbent bicycle. There are also strength and stretching evaluations
designed to improve your strength, balance, and flexibility.
• Education - There are a variety of topics covered related to lung
disease, such as: Understanding Your Lung Disease, Use of Respiratory
Medications, Breathing Strategies, Preventing Infections, Nutrition and
Lung Disease, and Relaxation Techniques.
• Emotional Support - Participants will be taught relaxation and breathing
techniques that can decrease anxiety common with any lung disease. Participants
will go through the program along with others that have similar lung problems.
How long is the program?
- The program is 9 weeks in duration.
- Class times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, lasting 3 hours
- There are two class times that can accommodate your needs
- Morning Class - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Afternoon Class - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
How will I know if the program is right for me?
Your healthcare provider will determine if you qualify for pulmonary rehabilitation by:
- Evaluating your current state of health and lung function test results
- Discussing your current activity level and your ability to do the things
you want to do
- Determine your willingness and ability to attend
Once a referral has been received from your provider, an insurance authorization
will be sent to the team at Saint Mary’s to determine insurance
coverage and what the out-of-pocket cost may be to you prior to starting
For more information, please call 775-770-3277.