What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program of Forrest General's LiveWell Center, designed to guide participants through the trauma and lifestyle changes related to a diagnosis of lung disease. Patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team including a medical director, registered respiratory therapist, exercise physiologist, registered nurse, registered dietitian, counselor and smoking cessation coach. Diabetic education is also available through the Diabetic Care Center. This team of highly skilled professionals helps participants make positive lifestyle changes through education, regular exercise, positive dietary changes and management of other modifiable risk factors, which may affect the course of lung disease.
Who can benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Any individual diagnosed with a pulmonary disease who has a diminished breathing capacity, based on pulmonary function studies, can benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Such diseases may include:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Restrictive lung diseases such as sarcoidosis or pulmonary fibrosis
Pulmonary Rehab benefits people in any stage of pulmonary disease. Prevention and early detection are key to a healthier lifestyle, and if detected early enough, pulmonary rehabilitation may help patients preserve their lung function and quality of life. Admission to this program requires the referral of a physician. Most insurance companies reimburse for this program's charges.
What is included in Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
- Exercise by prescription
- EKG monitoring of the electrical activity of theheart
- Oxygen saturation monitoring
- Educational sessions regarding chronic lung disease, including
Pulmonary Rehabilitation consists of three sessions weekly for up to 24 sessions, to be determined by the participant's physician. A fitness evaluation, six-minute walking test and a fasting lipid profile (as indicated by need and diagnosis) are conducted upon admission and at the end of the program. A1C is also measured in diabetic patients. These results are shared with the referring physician and the patient.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is held at the LiveWell Center, which features an indoor walking track and various types of exercise equipment, including stationary bicycles, treadmills, simple weights and other machines such as the Nustep, Thruster and arm ergometer. The facility is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. until noon.
Why participate in Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
The goals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation are to make the most of participants' lung capacity and help them maintain daily activities. Participants who are eager to achieve goals set during their rehabilitation may gain greater control of symptoms and reduce time spent in the hospital.
What are the benefits of exercise?
Exercise is a major component of Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Forrest General's LiveWell Center. Regular exercise can increase activity tolerance for
the pulmonary participant.
Exercise has many positive effects, including the following:
Improves endurance and increases muscle strength to make all daily activities easier
Lowers high blood pressure
Increases "good" cholesterol (HDL)
Helps control weight
Increases sense of well-being
For patients who are trying to stop smoking, exercise has been shown by researchers as the most effective replacement behavior. For patients who have diabetes, regular exercise can help reduce and control blood sugar levels.
Exercise for a Lifetime
All patients who graduate from Forrest General's Pulmonary Rehabilitation program can continue to benefit from services offered at Forrest General's LiveWell Center, including exercise, a heated pool, expert staff, and other great offerings! Contact the center at 601-288-3871 for more information on how to incorporate LiveWell into your life-long exercise plan!