Mountain View Hospital is also the only facility to have a Pulmonologist available for consultations for Pulmonary Rehab patients. In pulmonary rehab, we focus on working the heart and lungs for increased endurance and to regain physical stamina.
Is it becoming increasingly difficult to complete your daily activities due to difficulty breathing? Has your shortness of breath affected your quality of life or participating in hobbies that you love? Breathing issues can be frightening, and cause a decrease in confidence while exerting yourself. Pulmonary Rehab is a program designed to help you regain strength and stamina with monitored assistance.
What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehab is a program that helps you manage your breathing condition through education and exercise. A program will be put together specifically for your needs, and each of your sessions will be monitored by pulmonary specialists to help you along the way. As you progress in your program, the duration of exercise and level of difficulty will increase to help become stronger.
How Long Does A Pulmonary Rehab Program Take?
Most programs will meet 2 or 3 times a week and can last anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks. This will all be dependent on your individual needs and how well your body progresses. It’s important to show up to every appointment to ensure the best progress.
Is Pulmonary Rehab Right For Me?
Your healthcare provider can help determine if you qualify for pulmonary rehab. They can do this by:
- Evaluating your health and lung function
- Talking with you about your current activity levels and abilities
- Determining your ability and willingness to attend the appointments
As described from the COPD foundation* once enrolled in pulmonary rehabilitation, you will also learn about: breathing techniques, medications, nutrition, relaxation, oxygen, travel, how to do everyday tasks with less shortness of breath, and how to stay healthy and avoid COPD exacerbations. You’ll also learn how to cope with the changes that often come with chronic diseases - depression, panic, anxiety, and others. A bonus is that you’ll also meet people who have many of the same experiences, questions and feelings that you do.