What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

By: Martine J.Eon,BS, RRT, NPS, RPSGT, AE-C
Clinical Lung Specialist

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Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a program for people with lung disease to learn about their condition by specially trained medical staff. Through monitored exercise, education, and the support of others, you can learn to improve your physical health and how to live well with COPD.

PR is a great way to start an exercise program while learning about your lung disease and how to best manage your symptoms. Most programs follow a nationally recognized-AACVPR plan that includes breathing exercises that reduce shortness of breath and energy-saving tips to improve your ability to do daily tasks. You'll receive tips to control stress and anxiety and help to quit smoking.

PR has been shown to improve your quality of life and your ability to care for yourself. It is usually covered by insurance-please check with your insurance carried to understand your coverage. By learning to manage your COPD symptoms, PR can allow you to do the things you like and reduce hospital stays.

Ask your doctor, nurse or respiratory therapist about a pulmonary rehabilitation program in your area. Learning about your lung disease and how to manage your symptoms will help you live a healthier life with COPD.

MaineHealth Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs

Augusta
MaineGeneral
207-626-1529

Biddeford
Southern Maine Health Care
207-283-7789    

Brunswick
Mid Coast Hospital
207-373-6360

Lewiston
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
207-755-3000

North Conway
Memorial Hospital
603-356-0616

 
                           

Norway
Stephens Memorial Hospital
207-744-6380  

Portland
New England Rehabilitation
207-662-8589

Rockport
PenBay Medical Center
207-921-8880

Sanford
Southern Maine Healthcare
207-490-7500

Waterville
MaineGeneral Thayer Center for Health
207-872-1353

                                                  

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