Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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For the estimated 115 million people living with chronic pulmonary conditions like emphysema, persistent asthma, COPD or lung cancer, every breath is a battle. Even simple tasks like getting dressed or climbing the stairs can be exhausting. And if they aren’t managed properly, such diseases can lead to multiple trips to the doctor or extended stays in the hospital – resulting in more than $100 billion in health care costs every year, according the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program for people with chronic lung conditions that uses exercise and education to put you back in charge of your breathing, instead of your breathing being in charge of you. Patients enrolled in this program are finding that after just a few weeks of treatment, they are less short of breath, less tired and more independent. And there’s even more good news ... research has shown that people with chronic lung conditions who exercise feel better, and if they are hospitalized, are admitted for a shorter period of time than those who don’t exercise.

While almost everyone can safely engage in exercise, deciding what’s “safe” needs to be individualized. This is where our pulmonary rehabilitation specialists can help. We provide the one-on-one instruction that makes our program the only one of its kind in the area. Our therapists will help you adjust your level of exercise to your own needs, spend extra time educating you about your condition, and give you personalized feedback on performance and progress. The final result ... an improved quality of life.

What We're Hearing From Our Patients and Therapists

What We're Hearing From Our Patients and Therapists
Helen Fuquay, patient ...  “I had a lot of pulmonary issues as a child that got worse as I got older, and eventually it got to the point that I could hardly walk across the room without feeling like I was going to pass out. I really believe now that this program pulled me out of a depression, and it certainly helped me breathe better. If I hadn’t joined, I wouldn’t be in nearly as good condition as I am today.”
Joe Webster, patient ...  “It was one of the best things I ever did in my life. They taught me to breathe properly and put me on an exercise program that I still follow, and I met wonderful people.”
Tammy Magill, respiratory therapist ...  “I don’t know if there is anything more frightening than not being able to breathe, so for our patients this program is life changing. We spend a lot of time educating each patient individually, giving them feedback on their performance and progress so that they can return to their lives.” 
Sandy Kraemer, physical therapist ...  “When people first come to us, many aren’t able to walk for even a few minutes. When they leave, they are able to go shopping at the mall or be out in the community and have confidence about getting up and moving around.”

Who Will Benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

After their introduction to pulmonary-respiratory services as an inpatient, many will enroll in PVHMC's outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program upon discharge from the hospital. Others are referred from their doctor. The program is designed to help patients increase stamina, decrease breathlessness and reduce the risk of disease progression. Pulmonary rehab patients are suffering from...
  • COPD
  • Persistent asthma
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Obstructive/restrictive lung disease
  • Lung transplant

About the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

About the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Medical Director ... Gurbinder Sadana, MD
After an initial evaluation, our clinicians will work closely with the physician to design an individually tailored exercise plan that promotes increased pulmonary efficiency according to strict American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) guidelines. Patients are monitored closely by a respiratory therapist as they maintain a specific activity regimen. A typical treatment plan requires 2 sessions per week for 18 sessions. Pulmonary rehabilitation is covered by insurance and recognized by Medicare. A physician referral is required. Pulmonary Rehab includes...
  • Pulse oximetry monitoring
  • Resting oxygen saturation pre/post walk test
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Pulmonary function screen
  • A 6-minute walk test (functional assessment to determine exercise prescription)
  • Lifetime benefit of up to 36 sessions
Education on lifestyle modification is offered through group classes such as Risk Factor Reduction and Disease Management. Individual counseling sessions include Medical Nutrition Therapy and Psycho-Social Counseling. Referrals for Diabetes Management and Smoking Cessation counseling are also available upon request.
For more information about Pulmonary Rehab at PVHMC, please download our Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation brochure.

PVHMC's Health & Wellness Program

The Health & Wellness Program is available to anyone in generally good health who would like to exercise in the Stead Cardiac & Wellness Center as a preventive measure to maintain good heart health. Those who have completed Pulmonary Rehab can also join, allowing ongoing recovery by extending the benefits of pulmonary rehab through independent exercise in a medically supervised environment. Program options include ...

  • Cardiac Risk Stratification Assessment
  • Ongoing monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate and cardiac/pulmonary risk factors
  • Education and personal counseling on Risk Factor Reduction
  • Individualized exercise prescription designed by medically trained exercise physiologists and physical therapists
  • Orthopedic screening/consultation
  • Supervision by medically trained exercise physiologists and physical therapists
    Cost Options – $675/yr Annual Membership or $60 for 8 sessions
    Location – Stead Cardiac & Wellness Center - For hours click here

    Required – A written "Clearance to Participate" from a doctor. Click the PDF below to download this form.
    Getting Started – Register through PVHMC Rehabilitation Services by calling (909) 865-9810
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