This program helps participants increase their quality of life through exercise, education, and empowerment. Our program is directed by a board-certified pulmonologist. Each exercise session is supervised by a registered nurse and/or an exercise physiologist with advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification.
Patients experiencing the following diagnoses/procedures may benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation:
- Persistent Asthma
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Lung Cancer
- Pre & Post Lung Transplant
- Pre & Post Thoracic and Abdominal Surgery
- Pre & Post Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
Our team of professionals including our medical director, registered nurses, and exercise physiologists are available to help you achieve these benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation:
- Improved functional abilities
- Improved quality of life
- Reduced lifestyle-related risks
- Increased knowledge of the disease process and prevention strategies
- Increased ability to perform tasks of daily living
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
Dietitians, diabetes educators and physical therapists are also available through consult.
Phase II is an outpatient program and requires a physician referral which we can help you obtain. The Phase II program meets for one hour, three times per week for generally 12 weeks (36 sessions). Participants wear a cardiac monitor so the staff can monitor the heart's response to exercise. Blood pressure and oxygen saturation are measured on each exercise. We have oxygen available as needed.
Phase III of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is also outpatient and is a maintenance program. Participants no longer wear a cardiac monitor and are considered more independent. Participants are responsible for setting their own exercise goals and learning how to design their own exercise program. Participants are still under the supervision of the rehab staff.
Participants improve the ability to function and increase their endurance while enhancing their knowledge with video, education sessions and one-on-one discussions with health professionals. Education Topics covered during the program include:
- Breathing retraining
- Energy conservation
- Cholesterol reduction
- Smoking cessation
- Blood pressure reduction
- Benefits of exercise
- Home exercise guidelines
- Nutritional counseling/classes
- Stress management
- Diabetes and exercise
- Understanding medications
The Program Coordinator can answer any questions you may have regarding the program and may be reached at 301-609-4391. To make an appointment please call 301-609-4413.