Pulmonary Rehab

AACVPR CertProPulmonary rehabilitation is a monitored program, prescribed by a physician, which helps individuals achieve better respiratory function through physical activity, education and counseling.

After rigorous review, Southeast’s program was awarded Certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation – one of just three programs in the region to attain this certification.

What is Pulmonary Rehab?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education, and support to help you learn to breathe and function at the highest level possible. Pulmonary Rehabilitation allows you to make the most of the limited lung function you have.

Why Pulmonary Rehab?

Southeast’s accredited rehab program is designed for patients with chronic respiratory disease as well as patients limited by lung surgery. Southeast’s highly trained staff helps patients make the most of the lung function they have. Education and counseling are combined with a customized plan of physical activity tailored to the patient’s needs.

Who Can Benefit?

Pulmonary Rehab can be of significant benefit for people who experience lung problems such as:
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer or surgery for lung cancer
  • Obstructive sleep apnea - Sleep Studies
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Benefits of Pulmonary Rehab

  • Decrease in symptoms of disease or condition
  • Decrease in shortness of breath
  • Ability to function better in daily life and improve quality of life
  • Enjoy a greater sense of control over the disease and symptoms
  • Increased ability to exercise with more energy
  • Preserve breathing capacity
  • Decrease in hospitalizations
  • Opportunity to meet and learn from other patients facing similar challenges

How to Get Started

A physician’s order is required for participation in Pulmonary Rehab. Consult with your doctor to see if the program is right for you.

For optimal results, most pulmonary patients normally begin rehab as soon as they are diagnosed with a stable chronic lung disease.