Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation is a complete, multidisciplinary program for people with lung disease whose symptoms affect their everyday life
  • At the end of your pulmonary rehabilitation program, some centres have an optional ongoing maintenance program
  • An exercise and education program that is created just for you, helps to:
    • Reduce symptoms, such as shortness of breath and feeling tired
    • Increase functioning and quality of life
    • Improve how you exercise
    • Give you more knowledge about your lung disease
    • Help you manage your lung disease
    • Help you do your everyday activities
    • Improve your quality of life
    • Relieve anxiety and depression

 

Outpatient Programs

  • Most pulmonary rehabilitation programs follow the same plan with 2-­3 sessions every week for about 12 weeks, including:
    • One hour of classes on topics about lung disease
    • One hour of supervised exercise on a treadmill / stationary bicycle, and weight training

Inpatient Programs

  • For those who cannot travel for rehabilitation, patients can take part in sessions daily for six weeks.
  • Classes include topics such as:
    • Lung disease
    • Medications
    • Nutrition
    • Ways to control shortness of breath
    • Home exercise programs

 

  • To join a Pulmonary rehabilitation program, you will probably need:
    • A prescription from your doctor
    • recent pulmonary function test (PFT)
    • An electrocardiogram
    • An exercise test
    • A history
    • A physical examination
  • A list of pulmonary rehabilitation programs in Canada can be found at: http://www.lung.ca/respDti/search‐pulmonary-rehabilitation_e.php