Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a supervised program of exercise and education. Patients will participate in sessions two to three times per week for up to 36 sessions under the care of the pulmonary rehabilitation specialist. The program is open to individuals diagnosed with diseases such as emphysema, chronic asthma, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary diseases.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is tailored to meet each individual’s needs and goals. Your exercise program may include some or all of the following types of equipment:
- Stationary or recumbent Bike
- Arm ergometer
- Resistance equipment
Pulmonary rehabilitation patients will learn to:
- Reduce and control breathing difficulties
- Understand the medical condition affecting their lungs, treatment options, and coping strategies
- Manage the medical condition and reduce dependence on health professionals and costly medical interventions
- Maintain healthy behaviors such as smoking cessation, good nutrition, stress management, and exercise
- Conserve energy with pacing and planning
To participate in the St. Patrick's Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation and to qualify for insurance coverage, you must be referred by your doctor. Once you have completed the outpatient, monitored program, we encourage you to continue in our maintenance program, Phase III, which continues to offer supervised exercise.
For more information about our cardiac rehabilitation programs, please call (406) 329-5895.