Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Chronic lung disease can have many negative effects on one's life. It is both physically and psychologically limiting.

The pulmonary rehabilitation program at CAMC is nationally accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The program can help those struggling with diseases of the lungs return to a more healthy and satisfying lifestyle. It is a comprehensive approach to patient care, including education, goal setting, lifestyle changes, mild physical activity and addressing the psychological effects of a patient's condition.

The goal of the 10-week program is to rehabilitate the patient to his or her maximum potential and reduce the number of life-threatening respiratory occurrences. Family members are welcome to participate and learn how to support the patient.

The education component of the program is conducted in small group sessions or on an individual basis. Some of the subjects discussed in education and training sessions include coping with chronic lung disease, respiratory muscle training and self-assessment techniques.

Self-management and treatment

Once a patient has completed the pulmonary education program, the staff helps them to develop a plan for self-management and treatment at home. Quality of life improvements include:

  • Control and alleviation of the symptoms and complications of respiratory impairment
  • Achievement of optimal capacity to carry out activities of daily living
  • A decrease in psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression
  • A return to gainful employment, when possible, or active retirement
  • Promotion of independence and self-reliance
  • Increase in exercise tolerance
  • Reduction in hospitalizations
  • Participation in recreational pursuits
  • Increase in knowledge about pulmonary disease and its management.

The pulmonary rehabilitation program is an outpatient program that requires a physician referral. For more information, call (304) 388-5569.

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