Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Right for You?

Union Hospital's Pulmonary Rehab Program


FACT: In the year following completion of the Union Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program we found our graduates had reduced ER visits by 67 percent, lowered inpatient admissions by 84 percent, and required 88 percent fewer days in the hospital.

Do any of these statements apply to you?

  • You become short of breath doing even simple tasks.
  • You are a spectator instead of a participant.
  • You have been diagnosed with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, sarcoidosis, or pulmonary fibrosis.

If you can answer YES to any of those statements you could benefit from the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Union Hospital. Under your doctor’s guidance and within your limits, our staff will help improve your breathing and endurance.

For up to 12 weeks you will meet with a small group of other Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients for exercise and education sessions. The sessions start at a very slow pace, building toward your program goals. You may use a treadmill, cycle, or very light weights. Others may do stair climbing and low-level aerobic exercise with a focus on activities for daily living. During your education sessions, you will learn about your condition, medications, and your program goals.

During exercise sessions a rehabilitation specialist closely watches your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. We will follow your progress and make changes as needed.

Pulmonary rehabilitation specialists consult with a patient having breathing difficulties.

Patients who complete Pulmonary Rehabilitation are:

  • Better able to exercise, work, and perform daily activities.
  • Able to do more with less effort.
  • Better able to control breathing.
  • Able to lead a more active and productive life.

To learn more about Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Union Hospital, call 330-602-0760

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