Pulmonary Rehab is an individualized exercise and education program designed to teach patients to live and breathe better with chronic lung disease.
The 16-session program is directly managed by Nazi Khan, MD, FCCP, who specializes in pulmonology, sleep medicine and critical care. The hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Department provides staffing.
Some medical conditions which are considered chronic lung disease include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, restrictive lung disease, and cystic fibrosis.
The exercise portion consists of stretching and light weight lifting in a group setting, as well as the use of the treadmill, recumbent stepper, stationary bike, and arm exerciser. Education includes breathing techniques, the disease process, nutrition, medication, preventing infection, oxygen therapy, traveling with respiratory equipment, emotional and social wellbeing, support, smoking cessation, second-hand smoke, and safety issues.
The program is held Tuesday and Thursday mornings and is limited to 8 people per group. Once patients complete the 16 sessions, they may register to attend a pulmonary rehabilitation maintenance program.
A physician referral is needed to enter the program.For more information call 920-623-1374 or contact your physician for a referral.