If you have a chronic lung disease such as emphysema, bronchitis or asthma, you may be interested in the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital. People who live with pulmonary disease can be helped with therapy and exercise. It is our goal to provide you with techniques that can help you control your symptoms and disease. We want to help you breathe easier and stay as well as possible.
Pulmonary programs for wellness
Our pulmonary rehabilitation programs are tailored to meet your wellness goals. After taking a pulmonary function test and exercise stress test, our staff works with you and your physician to determine the best treatment plan for your lifestyle and needs. Each program is broken into three phases.
Phases 1 and 2Phases 1 and 2 last up to 10 weeks and focus on skills training and physical reconditioning. During this part of the program, your heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, breathing technique, and response to exercise are continuously monitored. During your program, we send progress reports to your physician so that he or she is kept up-to-date on your status. You will also receive support in the appropriate following areas:
Pulmonary management is presented by a registered respiratory therapist and may include:
- The function of a healthy respiratory system
- The disease process
- Breathing retraining and proper coughing techniques
- Muscle strengthening and relaxation exercises to control shortness of breath
- Starting a monitored exercise program
- Stop-smoking education and assistance
- Tips on daily living to conserve energy
- How to use inhalers and spacers
- Oxygen needs evaluation
- Stress management/coping techniques
- Identification of respiratory problems and how to avoid them
- Assistance with home respiratory care
- Aerosol therapy/chest percussion and postural drainage techniques
Nutritional management is presented by a nutritionist and may include:
- Assessment of current nutrition plan with problems identified
- Individual diet plan development
- Education of the basic guidelines of nutrition and fluid for people with chronic lung disease
Medication management is presented by a registered pharmacist and may include:
- Review of prescribed medication plan
- Purpose of each medication
- Common side effects and how they can be minimized
- Importance of following prescribed medication plan
Phase 3 is a maintenance course for the graduates of Phases 1 and 2. At each visit, you will receive an initial evaluation before beginning your maintenance session and an exit evaluation before you leave. A friendly, supportive staff is available to answer questions and discuss topics of concern any time during your rehabilitation.
What are the potential results?
- Enhanced ability to carry out daily activities
- Reduction in symptoms, anxiety, and depression
- Reduced hospitalizations and emergency visits
- Improved exercise tolerance
- Improved independence and self-esteem
Who can participate?
The pulmonary rehabilitation program is available to people suffering from chronic pulmonary disease. Patients must be referred to the program by a physician. For more information about the Community Health Network pulmonary rehabilitation program, ask your physician or call us at one of the numbers listed below.
Community Hospital East: 317-355-5069
Community Heart and Vascular Hospital: 317-621-5689
Pulmonary rehabilitation is often covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. Please check with your individual insurance plan.