Pulmonary Rehab is designed for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic lung conditions. It offers a number of benefits, including decreased symptoms, improved quality of life, increased exercise tolerance and greater independence.
CoxHealth’s pulmonary rehab team consists of respiratory therapists trained in pulmonary care, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, psychologists and nurses. These health care professionals work with your referring physician to provide you with the best care.
For some patients the program begins with an introductory session during hospitalization. Others may be referred by a physician. Your first visit will take about an hour and a half. Baseline testing and measurements will be taken, so please wear comfortable, loose clothing and walking shoes. We will discuss your individual needs, and develop a plan to improve your pulmonary health.
We encourage family members to attend any session and provide support.
Medicare and most insurance companies provide coverage for pulmonary rehabilitation. During registration you’ll be asked for your insurance information. If you’re unsure about, we recommend you check with your insurance company.
Exercise sessions are conducted three times per week and are designed to increase your strength and endurance. You’ll be supervised and closely monitored by our team of professionals.
During your exercise sessions, you’ll learn the correct methods for muscle conditioning. You’ll gain improved physical function, lowered heart oxygen requirements, and control of your weight, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.
We’ll also teach you about the cardiac disease process.