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:
The program takes approximately 12 to 18 weeks, and can be modified to meet specific needs. Goals of the program include:
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:
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:
Risk factors include:
While emphysema cannot be cured, you can relieve symptoms and slow progression. It can be managed with:
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.