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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Our team collaborates with Columbia Presbyterian, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, New York Presbyterian and Cleveland Clinic to provide rehabilitation to lung transplant patients pre- and post-surgery.

The program is individualized to meet each patient’s needs, with input from the patient’s physician and the program’s medical director. Patients usually attend two to three classes per week for up to 36 visits.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that incorporates exercise and education to help those who experience lung problems such as:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery before or after lung transplantation

Our primary goal is to restore participants to their highest possible level of independent function. Additional benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation include:

  • Increased energy, strength and endurance
  • Reduced shortness of breath
  • Improved participation in daily activities in the home and community
  • Understanding of medications and treatments
  • Understanding of factors that affect illness
  • Reduced need for Emergency Department visits or hospital stays
  • Maintenance of general health and wellness

Our experienced team of professionals educates patients on topics to promote improved function, including:

  • Breathing retraining techniques
  • Medications and inhaler use
  • Nutrition
  • Respiratory system diseases
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Panic control
  • Stress management