The St. Mary Medical Center "Lungs For Life" Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that promotes physical well-being for people with lung disease, allowing them to live life to its fullest.
The difficulty in breathing that accompanies chronic lung disease is a leading cause of permanent disability among many Americans. All to often, for someone experiencing shortness of breath, chronic lung disease may cause feeling of anxiety, fear, isolation and a sense of physical weakness or inferiority.
Confronting these feelings is not easy, and in many cases, patients don’t know where to turn for help. Pulmonary Rehabilitation at St Mary Medical Center is a comprehensive eight week program for those suffering the effects of chronic lung disease.
The holistic eight-week program meets three days a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Exercise therapy and education are a part of each session.
Acceptance into the Lung For Life program is based on the following:
- Physician referral
- Diagnosis of lung disease
- Evaluation and screening
Respiratory therapy is a service for inpatients experiencing breathing problems and to strengthen lung capacity after illness or surgery.
Because breathing may be affected by heart problems, including congestive heart failure, Cardiac Rehab also may be recommended.