When you have trouble breathing, daily activities can be a struggle. Pulmonary rehab helps you breathe better, so activity is easier and your quality of life is better.
Pulmonary rehab is offered at Lake Regional Hospital for both inpatients and outpatients and at Lake Regional's Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark and Laurie clinics. A referral from a primary care physician or pulmonologist is required to begin pulmonary rehabilitation.
Who Needs Pulmonary Rehab?
Pulmonary rehab benefits patients with lung disorders, such as:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Interstitial lung disease
- Lung cancer
- Pulmonary fibrosis
What Is Pulmonary Rehab?
Pulmonary rehabilitation programs provide an individualized plan to help you overcome your breathing challenges. A plan might include exercise conditioning, breathing retraining, nutritional counseling and goal setting. Physicians structure and supervise each plan, and you receive support from a team of professionals, including a registered dietitian, registered nurses and an exercise physiologist.
What Should I Expect?
You will receive monitoring of your blood pressure, oxygen, weight and heart function during each session. Weekly pulmonary education classes focus on breathing techniques, energy conservation, medications and oxygen use. Every month, your referring physician reviews your individualized plan and charts your progress.