Pulmonary Rehabilitation

If you or someone you love suffers from chronic lung disease, like COPD, there is hope for rebuilding strength and enjoying a fuller, more active life. It's called pulmonary rehabilitation and thanks to a coming change in Medicare, it will soon be available to help even more people. Too few people with pulmonary diseases are aware of the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation. Also, many are unaware that, starting in 2010, it may be available to them through their Medicare benefits. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs offer substantial benefits in improving lung function, reducing symptoms and improving quality of life for persons with chronic lung disease.  

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise classes that teach you about your lungs and your disease, and how to exercise and be more active with less shortness of breath. The classes take place in a group setting, giving you the chance to meet others with your condition, and both give and receive support.  The program will help you feel better and learn how to manage your COPD or other chronic lung disease.   You can become stronger by getting into better shape, allowing you to lead an active life doing the things you like to do with those you love. It may even cut down on the need for hospital visits.

To find out if you or someone you love would benefit from a pulmonary rehabilitation program contact your doctor, or call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872.) Our Lung HelpLine is staffed by experienced Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists who can help you learn more about pulmonary rehabilitation and if there are programs near you.