Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that is designed to help people with a chronic lung disease learn how to breathe easier and improve quality of life.
The program offers:
- Breathing retraining
- Physical exercise
- Nutritional counseling
- Smoking cessation
Who benefits from pulmonary rehabilitation?
Anyone with respiratory illness including:
- COPD (emphysema, chronic bronchitis)
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Pre-and post-lung transplantation
- Lung cancer and post lung cancer surgery
- Lung volume reduction surgery
- Other pulmonary conditions
What are the goals?
The goal is to achieve the highest possible level of independent functioning by helping patients to:
- Reduce and gain control of symptoms
- Increase activity through exercise training
- Become more involved in activities of daily living
- Experience less difficulty with breathing
- Reduce the need for hospitalizations
- Understand how to use medications and oxygen appropriately
- Participate in social and recreational activities
How does pulmonary rehabilitation work?
- An individualized education and exercise program is developed
- Endurance training is achieved utilizing state-of-the-art exercise equipment including treadmill, stationary bicycles, arm ergometers and weights
- Monitored and supervised exercises
- Comprehensive education is provided by trained staff to help patients learn to manage their respiratory condition
- A low-cost maintenance exercise program is also available after completing the intensive phase
Why should I exercise?
Regular exercise has many benefits. Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, can:
- Improve your circulation and help the body better use oxygen
- Improve your COPD symptoms
- Build energy levels so you can do more activities without becoming tired or short of breath
- Strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system
- Increase endurance
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve muscle tone and strength; improve balance and joint flexibility
- Strengthen bones
- Help reduce body fat and help you reach a healthy weight
- Help reduce stress, tension, anxiety, and depression
- Boost self-image and self-esteem; make you look fit and feel healthy
- Improve sleep
- Make you feel more relaxed and rested
Before entering the program, each participant must have a prescription from their physician and a recent pulmonary function test. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a reimbursable service through Medicare and most insurance companies.
We offer pulmonary rehabilitation programs at multiple locations throughout the community.
Location Contact Information
- Cleveland Clinic Main Campus – 216.444.3708
- Akron General – 330.344.7640
- Akron General Health & Wellness Center – 330.665.8088
- Ashtabula County Medical Center – 440.997.6649
- Euclid Hospital – 216.692.8770
- Fairview Hospital – 216.476.7000
- Hillcrest Hospital – 440.312.7999
- Marymount Hospital – 216.587.8696
- Medina Hospital – 330.721.5313
- South Pointe Hospital – 216.491.6083