Guthrie Center - Guthrie County Hospital

Guthrie County Hospital
710 N. 12th Guthrie Center, IA 50115


Kathy Semke


Pulmonary Rehabilitation can improve your quality of life.  We will be using several approaches in our efforts to meet these goals, including: exercise training, breathing retraining, nutrition training, medication information, and education. When you are short of breath, you become out of shape. It is uncomfortable to exercise and you worry that you may be hurting your body doing the things that add to your shortness of breath. Activity becomes even more difficult, you become even more fearful and short of breath, so you do even less. Eventually any activity becomes difficult and you try to do as little as possible. Living with lung disease can frustrate, anger, or depress you. Some individuals deny that there is a problem. These emotions are normal, but they can interfere with your quality of life and your ability to care for yourself. Fortunately, Pulmonary Rehabilitation will help you break this cycle. Regardless of what type of lung disease you have, Pulmonary Rehabilitation will benefit you. Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help prevent infection and complications of lung disease. It may even prevent your disease from becoming worse. With the help of trained professionals, you will review and understand your treatment plan so that you can reduce your symptoms of shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. By the end of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, you will have increased strength and endurance in order to complete activities of daily living. Pulmonary Rehabilitation is not a program you can forget about after completion. Pulmonary Rehabilitation will teach you what to do in order to maintain the goals that you will achieve throughout the program. We encourage you to bring a close friend or family member to participate in as may rehabilitation sessions as possible so that they can support you and understand your lifestyle and treatment plan.