Lung disease - emphysema, asthma, lung cancer and other illnesses - can be very disabling. Because the disease causes shortness of breath and fatigue, it often interferes with an individual's ability to carry out even the simplest daily task. Lung disease cannot be reversed, but patients can achieve a more active, rewarding and productive lifestyle through pulmonary (lung) rehabilitation.
The pulmonary rehabilitation program at Baptist Health helps patients reach their highest level of exercise and activity, while developing self-management skills. Our comprehensive approach combines patient education, exercise, emotional and social support.
Baptist's pulmonary rehabilitation program uses a two-prong approach of education and exercise tailored to meet patients' individual needs.
- Individual and group settings provide patients and the family members with an overview of lung disease and how to manage it. The patient is re-trained in proper breathing techniques, as well as good nutrition and positive health habits to promote a new outlook on life.
- Physical conditioning is important for patients to increase their strength and endurance while controlling shortness of breath. The rehab team prescribes an individual exercise plan for each participant based on his/her screening and evaluations, goals and physician recommendations. Throughout the program, team members monitor each individual's progress by checking heart rates and oxygen saturation levels.
A medical director, who is a board-certified pulmonologist, leads the program. A team of professionals, including the referring (primary) physician, rehab coordinator, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, chaplain and others, all contribute to the patients' total well-being and teach them to care for themselves at an optimal level both at home and work.
A physician's referral is necessary to enter the pulmonary rehabilitation program.
For more information, please call (334) 286-2859.