Pulmonary Rehabilitation and COPD

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pulmonary rehabilitation is becoming widely recognized as an essential part of a COPD treatment plan. Dr. Edward Hill discusses what pulmonary rehab is and how it can help in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program for patients with lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It helps you breathe and makes it easier for you to do normal activities. The program includes exercise, social support and tools to help you cope with the disease.

The program can help people who have already tried medicine for COPD but still have trouble breathing or doing day-to-day activities.

People who try pulmonary rehabilitation have a better chance of living longer. They also have a better quality of life and less anxiety.

Most pulmonary rehabilitation programs involve upper- and lower-body exercises. Lower-body training might include walking or riding a stationary bicycle. These exercises will make it easier for you to do things like climbing stairs. Upper-body training targets your arms and shoulders. It will help you do things like carrying groceries and cooking dinner.

Although most of these programs are based out of hospitals, you will only have to come during the day. Most programs last between six and 12 weeks.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.