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Celebrating National Pulmonary Rehab Week

Celebrating National Pulmonary Rehab Week

Even though diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been diagnosed for many years, pulmonary rehab has only been around since the late 1990’s.  Those suffering from COPD used to be told to avoid physical activity.  But, in 1952 Columbia University staff member Alvan Barach first noted the importance of continued exercise for those with COPD.  Later Thomas Petty would develop the first pulmonary rehabilitation outpatient program. Now today, it is widely accepted that exercise is an important factor in managing pulmonary disease.

Today, the primary goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to help patients with lung illnesses feel better and implement lifestyle changes.  Most pulmonary rehabilitation programs include:

  • Monitored and supervised exercises
  • Education about your pulmonary condition, control of symptoms, medications, and oxygen
  • Assistance with smoking cessation
  • Stress reduction and/or management techniques sessions
  • Nutritional guidance

Pulmonary Rehabilitation does require a referral from your physician. Talk to your doctor to find out if Pulmonary Rehabilitation is right for you. Most insurance providers will pay for all or part of this therapy.

Contact our cardiopulmonary rehab department for more information at 785-889-5502 or email at [email protected].


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