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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is a comprehensive, monitored exercise and education program that may be recommended by your doctor if you have pulmonary or breathing problems. Dedicated to providing you with the best care, we are a Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) for 2 Years in a Row (2015-2016). Our program includes:

  • Medically supervised exercise

  • Educational classes and materials

  • Counseling and group support

The Pulmonary Rehab team includes a:

  • Medical director

  • Respiratory therapist

  • Registered nurse

  • Exercise physiologist

  • Registered dietitian

  • Pharmacist

  • Stress management/mental health specialist

Respiratory & pulmonary FAQ

What are Pulmonary Rehab meetings?

The Pulmonary Rehab program meets two times per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for approximately 90 minutes. The meetings include:

  • Education

  • Nutrition counseling

  • Lifestyle consultations

  • Monitored exercise

  • Ongoing training in stress management

  • Monitoring of oxygen saturation and medication

The program takes approximately 12 to 18 weeks, and can be modified to meet specific needs. Goals of the program include:

  • Increased strength

  • Endurance

  • More energy and confidence to do physical activities within your ability

You will also learn how to optimize your health and reduce chances of future problems. After completing the program, you are encouraged to continue exercise in the adjacent Pardee Medical Wellness Program to maintain cardiovascular fitness and overall health.

Will insurance cover pulmonary rehab?

Medicare and most insurance companies cover the costs of this outpatient program. Physician referral is required.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is located in the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center on Thompson Street in the East Ridge Shopping Center.

What is respiratory care?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is used to describe any long-term, non-reversible damage to the lungs that interferes with normal breathing. Some top causes of COPD are emphysema, asthma and bronchitis. Common symptoms include:

  • Mild to severe coughing

  • Coughing with mucus

  • Breathlessness and lack of energy

While there is no cure, COPD can be managed with medications and healthy lifestyle habits.

What is emphysema?

Emphysema is a lung disease where the air sacs in the lungs are gradually destroyed. A major symptom is shortness of breath that can occur even while at rest. Other symptoms can include:

  • Chronic cough

  • Frequent respiratory infections

  • A reduced appetite

  • Weight loss

  • Fatigue

Risk factors include:

  • Smoking (the leading cause)

  • Aging

  • Exposure to secondhand smoke

  • Occupational toxins

  • Air pollution

While emphysema cannot be cured, you can relieve symptoms and slow progression. It can be managed with:

  • Healthy lifestyle habits

  • Medications

  • Oxygen therapy

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation programs

  • Surgery

What is asthma?

Asthma attacks are episodes of inflammation and narrowing of the airways in response to asthma triggers, such as second-hand smoke or air pollution.

Causes are unknown, but it tends to run in families.

Asthma symptoms range from minor wheezing to life-threatening attacks. It can often be managed by avoiding triggers and taking medications as prescribed.

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs.

People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus.

Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. It often develops from a cold or other respiratory infection and is a common condition. Acute bronchitis usually improves within a few days without lasting effects, although you may continue to cough for weeks. However, if you have repeated bouts of bronchitis, you may have chronic bronchitis. This needs medical attention.

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To learn more about the pulmonary rehabilitation program, call 828-698-4694.

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