The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to maximize your level of functioning and help you avoid complications. Using a team approach, nurses and exercise physiologists develop a personalized plan for each patient.
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Who Qualifies for Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
For people suffering from lung disease, life becomes increasingly difficult due to fatigue and shortness of breath. Through a pulmonary function test, a diagnosis of moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other chronic respiratory illnesses may qualify you for pulmonary rehabilitation.
What Can I Expect From Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation can increase your strength, endurance, functioning and independence, as well as dramatically improve your quality of life.
Swedish Hospital's outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program combines monitored exercise, education and breathing retraining into a comprehensive program centered at Galter LifeCenter, Chicago's only certified medical fitness center. Staff includes exercise physiologists, nurses, a dietitian and a health psychologist.
The program usually lasts about three months and includes supervised exercise, education, lifestyle counseling and group support. Classes meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
For more information, please contact the pulmonary rehabilitation program at 773-878-8200, ext. 7321