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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Improve your quality of life with outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation through Mount Auburn Hospital. Through education, guided exercise, and emotional support, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to live more independently.

Do I Need Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

You may benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation if you:

  • Have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis 
  • Experience shortness of breath, a persistent cough or mucus production 
  • Feel less ability to complete daily activities due to your respiratory symptoms

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Benefits

When you commit to your pulmonary rehabilitation program, you may:

  • Better control your lung condition 
  • Experience fewer flare-ups and make fewer visits to the hospital 
  • Gain endurance and physical fitness 
  • Notice less breathlessness during activities

Beginning Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Start pulmonary rehabilitation by meeting with a respiratory therapist to discuss your medical history and perform exercise and breathing tests. A pulmonologist (lung doctor) will conduct a detailed physical exam and ask how your symptoms limit your activities. Your care team will use information about your health to develop a rehabilitation plan tailored to your needs and goals.

Throughout the program, you’ll get one-on-one support from a respiratory therapist and enjoy camaraderie with your peers.

Exercise: Your Program’s Foundation

Even if you have advanced lung disease, physical activity will benefit you. That’s why each pulmonary rehabilitation session includes exercise to strengthen your legs, arms, heart or breathing muscles. You’ll also receive individualized home exercise recommendations so you can continue your progress on your own.

Respiratory Education

During educational sessions, you’ll:

  • Explore evidence-based ways to get healthier and minimize your symptoms
  • Discover how to work with your doctor to make informed decisions about your medical needs 
  • Learn how to make breathing easier by using inhalers and oxygen and by conserving energy

Program Length

You’ll likely participate in rehabilitation two to three times per week for a total of 16 to 24 sessions.

Insurance Coverage

Medicare and most private insurers cover pulmonary rehabilitation for people who:

  • We determine need the program 
  • Aren’t smoking or are trying to quit

Talk to Your Doctor

Ask your doctor if pulmonary rehabilitation is right for you. For more information about Mount Auburn Hospital’s program, call 617-499-5640.

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