Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 10-16

March 8, 2019

Littleton, NH - Littleton Regional Healthcare recognizes March 10 - 16, 2019 as Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. Pulmonary (PULL-mun-ary) rehabilitation is also known as pulmonary rehab or PR. It is a program that helps people who have breathing problems feel better and live better. Pulmonary rehabilitation may benefit individuals with conditions such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Pulmonary Rehabilitation works alongside medical therapies. It may include exercise training, education on the condition, ways to conserve energy, and strategies to make breathing easier.

Pulmonary rehabilitation has many benefits. It can improve your quality of life, help you to exercise better, and lessen some of your breathing symptoms. It can show individuals ways to manage anxiety and depression. Pulmonary rehabilitation allows individuals to make the most of the lung function they have.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is usually safe. Most risks relate to the exercise part of the program. For example, physical activity may cause injuries to your muscles or bones. When you start a pulmonary rehabilitation program, your PR team will collect information about your overall health. If you have other conditions, the team will create a pulmonary rehabilitation program just for you. The goal is to prevent problems relating to other conditions, such as heart disease.

Studies show that patients who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation can live well, even with chronic lung disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation helps keep patients out of the hospital.

For additional information on how Littleton Regional Healthcare can help you, contact LRH's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by calling Becky Baldauf, RN and director of pulmonary rehabilitation services at LRH by calling 603.444.9387. If you would like to learn more about Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week visit Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Department of Health and Human Services. LRH encourages individuals who may suffer from pulmonary issues to contact LRH's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by calling Becky Baldauf, RN, at 603.444.9387.

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