Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Baptist Health-Van Buren is a doctor-supervised program that benefits those with chronic lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis or lung tumors.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic lung diseases, according to the American Lung Association. Many more may not even realize they have it. Respiratory disease can lead to a lack of sleep, missed work and avoidance of activity.
The program is also often used before and after lung surgery. The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to help patients return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life. These goals are often met by:
- Smoking cessation
- Reducing hospitalizations
- Managing medications
- Exercises to improve lung capacity and fitness
- Patient and family education and counseling
- Assistance with obtaining respiratory equipment and portable oxygen
There’s no cure for COPD, but the good news is that it can be found early. Much can be done to treat and help manage the disease. Symptoms of COPD include chronic cough, shortness of breath, excessive mucus, wheezing and frequent respiratory infections. If you experience any of these symptoms, or think you might be at risk for COPD, it is important to discuss this with your doctor who can refer you to the program.
Once referred to the program, a simple breathing test and a six-minute walking test will help the Pulmonary Rehab staff at Baptist Health-Van Buren determine the next step in your personalized care plan.
Baptist Health Physical Therapy and Pulmonary Rehab Center-Van Buren is located at 2020 Chestnut St., Suite 106. For more information on the program, call (479) 471-4187.