Pulmonary Rehabilitation Helps Patients Breath Easier
Harrison County Community Hospital’s respiratory therapists are celebrating National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 10-16, with the theme “Exercise Your Right to Breathe”.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an outpatient program involving exercise and education that aims to enhance the quality of life for individuals who have breathing problems caused by chronic (ongoing) lung diseases such as those listed below.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis
- Interstitial lung disease such as sarcoidosis and pulmonary fibrosis
- Other respiratory diagnoses upon approval
Along with medically supervised exercise sessions, the program provides patients with information to reduce their pulmonary risk factors, education about managing their disease, techniques to save energy and improve breathing, and emotional support.
After completing 36 supervised exercise sessions, patients can receive a home exercise program designed to meet their unique needs or choose to continue HCCH’s individual health and exercise maintenance program.
Pulmonary rehabilitation at HCCH shares space with cardiac rehabilitation.
Pulmonary rehabilitation for qualified medical conditions is covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans.
For more information about pulmonary rehabilitation, patients should talk to their primary health provider or contact Valerie Sherrill, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services, at (660) 425-0379.
Pictured: Pulmonary rehabilitation at Harrison County Community Hospital