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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  There is no worse feeling than being "short of breath."  In fact, to prevent it, people often avoid physical activity leading to a further decline in their overall health.  Pulmonary rehabilitation can help with this.  Through supervised exercise and breathing retraining, participants gain the strength and confidence to perform daily activities-like taking a shower, cooking or shopping.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, sarcoidosis or another lung disease can benefit from our program.  It can also help lung transplant and lung reduction candidates.

Patients are accepted into the program only when they can safely benefit from the exercises and instruction.  Speak with your primary care physician to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for pulmonary rehabilitation.

Research shows that pulmonary rehabilitation has been effective in reducing hospitalizations, improving quality of life, decreasing anxiety and depression, as well as fostering self-reliance and independence.

As you exercise your upper and lower body, your muscles are able to use your lung capacity more efficiently.  Many are able to once again enjoy activities with family and friends like eating out or going to a movie.

Your pulmonary rehab team includes a physician, a registered nurse trained in pulmonary rehabilitation and a certified respiratory therapist. The team also includes a registered dietitian, pharmacist and social worker. They're available to answer questions and provide support.

Your initial visit includes a one-on-one evaluation and a short walk that enables us to determine your individual needs.  Each pulmonary rehab session lasts about one hour and consists of riding a stationary bike, walking on a treadmill and strength training with free weights.  While you exercise, our staff monitors your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation.  Patients typically attend three times per week up to 10 weeks.  When you graduate, we can help you plan a program to do at home to maintain your progress.

It is never too late to improve. Pulmonary rehabilitation benefits a wide range of patients.  Our program is individually tailored to each participant's needs and abilities.  Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to control your breathing instead of your breathing controlling you. 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from noon-3 p.m.  For more information, call 410-414-4527.  To schedule an appointment with our pulmonary rehabilitation clinic, call 410-414-APPTTo schedule your cardio-pulmonary outpatient service, call 410-414-APPT.  To contact the clinic call 410-535-8340.

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