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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (pulmonary rehab) is a customized, comprehensive program of exercise training, classes, psychological support and ongoing follow up for certain chronic lung diseases.

Pulmonary Rehab is supervised by medical professionals who specialize in chronic lung diseases and is tailored to the individual patient's needs.

Program Elements

  • Exercise training/reconditioning sessions
  • Breathing exercise training to manage shortness of breath
  • Medication counseling by pharmacist
  • Nutrition counseling by Registered Dietitian
  • Individual counseling regarding test results, exercise prescriptions, etc.
  • Condition and tolerance updates provided to your physicians
  • Collaboration with your physician to tailor care to meet patients' specific needs
  • Educational sessions to help patients better understand and manage their disease

Rehabilitation Specialists

An exercise specialist will demonstrate proper exercise techniques that will help prevent patient injuries. A respiratory therapist will teach breathing exercises that will help patients manage their breathing. Nurses will be monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, exertion and shortness of breath every session.

Benefits of Pulmonary Rehab

  • Improves quality of life
  • Increases patient's ability to exercise
  • Provides a supportive environment
  • Decreases disease symptoms
  • Helps patient cope with anxiety and depression
  • Assist in achievement of individual goals toward independence

Education Topics

  • Smoking cessation
  • Breathing management techniques
  • Nutrition strategies/role of supplements
  • Chronic Respiratory Disease/COPD
  • oping strategies with depression/anxiety
  • Proper use of medications/oxygen
  • Palliative care
  • Resistance and endurance training in the lung function
  • Lifestyle modifications to conserve physical energy, work simplification and relaxation techniques

About the Pulmonary Rehab Program at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital

Pulmonary Rehab sessions are offered up to three times a week at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. A patient can receive up to 36 sessions per physician's order.

How to Get Started

Talk to your physician about if pulmonary rehab is right for you.  You must have a physician's prescription to participate.  Some insurance companies cover participation.