Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive program that provides medical evaluation, supervised exercise, risk factor modification, medication optimization and education to people are suffering from certain pulmonary diseases. Pulmonary rehabilitation helps patients regain the ability to live normal lives day to day and regain independence. It also can help reduce hospital stays and not only help prolong life, but improve quality of life.
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Most people who undergo pulmonary rehabilitation are afflicted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, people who have the following diseases also would benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation:
If a person has had any of these, his or her physician may prescribe pulmonary rehabilitation. Additionally, patients who need lung transplantation may also undergo rehabilitation until a donor lung becomes available.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program that helps that patient to change his or her lifestyle while strengthening both the body and the mind. By learning what is wrong with your lungs and other ways to help keep them strong, while simultaneously strengthening the body and heart, a person can become more active with less shortness of breath and help prevent future lung problems.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is based on a team approach. Our team includes a pulmonologist, a cardiac nurse specialist, an exercise physiologist, a nutritionist and a rehabilitation assistant. Working with the team, each patient will learn how to manage his or her own lung disease and become more educated about pulmonary diseases while increasing physical activity levels and improving their quality of life.
A variety of equipment is used in pulmonary rehabilitation including treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bicycles and a weight system. During each session, the patient is monitored by the staff to ensure safety as well as progress. Additionally, we will have dietary consults available for each patient.
Scott Morehead, MD , program director, earned his medical degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He then went on to complete a residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta and a fellowship at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. His clinical interests include critical care medicine, nosocomial pneumonia, pulmonary infections, pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary thromboembolism and tuberculosis. He is board certified in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.