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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

KRMC Cardiovascular Care

What is pulmonary rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps you to live an active life within the limitations of your lungs.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an outpatient program designed for those diagnosed with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 
This program focuses on supervised exercise classes and education about your lung condition, including:
Reduce and control breathing difficulties and other symptoms.
Learn more about your disease, treatment options, and chronic disease coping strategies.
Learn to manage your disease and reduce your dependence on costly medical resources.
Maintain healthy behaviors such as smoking cessation, good nutrition, and exercise.

Pulmonary rehabilitation benefits

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps you to improve your quality of life. Although pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) can’t cure your lung disease, it can be of great benefit and you may notice improved breathing effort and less breathing problems.
Other benefits include:
Decrease the symptoms of your disease or condition
Ability to function better in your daily life
Increased ability to exercise
Decreased symptoms and better management of anxiety and depression

Pulmonary rehabilitation offers:

Educational programs
The education classes focus on COPD as well as other chronic lung diseases to provide you with information about:
Medications, including drug action, side effects, using an inhaler, and self-care techniques
Understanding and using oxygen therapy
Diet, nutrition, and weight management
Breathing retraining
Importance of exercise
Strategies for managing breathing problems
Symptom assessment and knowledge about when to seek medical treatment

Monitored and supervised exercise
A physical activity plan is tailored to your needs. Exercise will help improve your endurance and muscle strength, so you’re better able to carry out daily activities.

Psychosocial support
People who have chronic lung diseases are more prone to depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems. Pulmonary Rehab can help combat these problems through supervised sessions and support group meetings. 

How do I enroll?

A physician referral and pulmonary function test completed within the last year are required. Most insurances cover pulmonary rehabilitation. Call us at (406) 751-4504 or (406) 751-4514 for more information.