What is COPD pulmonary rehab?

Pulmonary Rehabilitation may help you to improve your quality of life. Although Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) can't cure your COPD, it can be of great benefit and you may notice improved breathing effort and less breathing problems.¹

 

Other benefits could include¹:

  • Decrease the symptoms of your COPD
  • Ability to function better in your daily life
  • Increased ability to exercise
  • Decreased symptoms and better management of anxiety and depression

The education classes focus on COPD as well as other chronic lung diseases to provide you with information about¹.

 

  • Medications, including drug action, side effects, using an inhaler, and self-care techniques
  • Understanding and using oxygen therapy
  • Diet, nutrition, and weight management
  • Breathing retraining
  • Importance of exercise
  • Strategies for managing breathing problems
  • Symptom assessment and knowledge about when to seek medical treatment

References

1. American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
http://www.copdfoundation.org/Portals/0/Files/pdfs/AACVPR-FactSheet.pdf
Accessed on 6 June 2015.
For informational purposes only, not to replace physician's directions.