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Pulmonary rehabilitation program

  • 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)

    A program for you

    Individualized attention

    The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is an opportunity to see a respiratory therapist regularly. The first interview introduces you to breathing exercises, followed by 16 sessions held twice a week for eight weeks.


    You will need a physician referral to attend the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. We encourage you to contact your insurance company and ask if "outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation" is covered under your plan.

  • Source: Diane Peroutky, RT
    Reviewed by: Diane Peroutky, RT
    First published: 07/16/2014
    Last reviewed: 07/16/2014

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