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New Ulm Medical Center

Pulmonary Rehab

For people living with chronic lung problems, every day can be a challenge. Fighting for each breath makes just walking across the room seem like a monumental task. Usually there is no “cure” for chronic lung issues such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), severe asthma, or cystic fibrosis. But there are ways to improve your quality of life through pulmonary rehabilitation.

The goals of pulmonary rehab are:

  • improve quality of life
  • obtain more independence and less dependence on others
  • reduce hospitalizations and doctor visits
  • reduce respiratory symptoms
  • reverse anxiety and disease-related stress
  • increase knowledge about COPD and related lung disease
  • increase exercise ability
  • achieve better ability to perform activities of daily living
  • increase survival (in some people)
  • return to work (for some people)

This education and exercise program is led by a respiratory therapist and takes place in a group setting. Following an individual assessment, the patient would start a six- to eight-week program. Classes or sessions are approximately two hours, two days each week. Patients are also expected to work on some of the techniques and exercises at home.

For more information about pulmonary rehabilitation, call the NUMC Respiratory Therapy Department at 507-217-5128.

Source: Sandy Kistner, RT
Reviewed by: Sandy Kistner, RT
First Published: 08/06/2013
Last Reviewed: 08/06/2013