What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise classes that teaches you about your lungs, how to exercise and do activities with less shortness of breath, and how to "live" better with your lung condition. The main goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to help the participant improve day-to-day life and restore the ability to function independently.
How will Pulmonary Rehabilitation help me?
By attending education classes, you will learn many things about your lungs. The exercise classes will help you be more active with less shortness of breath. Usually, you will be exercising both your arms and legs. The exercise classes will help you feel better and become stronger by helping you get into better shape.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation will help you:
- Reduce and control breathing difficulties
- Learn more about your disease, treatment options and coping strategies
- Increase exercise tolerance
- Reduce exacerbations and hospitalizations
- Maintain health behaviors
- Improve your quality of life
Why should I choose the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mercy Medical Center?
You should look for a program that is specifically designed for people with lung problems. Mercy's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is run by respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and registered nurses who have experience in caring for people with chronic lung conditions. The Pulmonary Rehab Program at Mercy is certified by The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is the result of Mercy's intense focus on quality care. For more information about Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Mercy Medical Center, please call 712-279-2579.