Millions of Americans suffer from chronic breathing problems, which can have a significant impact on their physical and emotional well-being. However, there is a program in town that can help. Kelley Cogliano, Respiratory Specialist, Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation, is here to offer us a greater understanding of breathing problems and solutions to breathe easier.
The idea of “Pulmonary Rehabilitation” may sound ominous, but those working in this important field perform life-saving and quality-of-life-changing roles. With that in mind, read on for a Q&A about this service and how those in it help Renown patients.
First, tell us about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Renown.
Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps improve the well-being of people who have chronic (ongoing) breathing problems. Located at Renown South Meadows Medical Center, our comprehensive program offers a beautiful space with treadmills, stationary bicycles, strength training and a comfortable patient-education classroom to help you achieve your health goals.
As a patient, you can expect to receive nine weeks of exercise therapy, education and breathing techniques to retrain your respiratory system — all to help improve your quality of life. Under the supervision of a board-certified pulmonologist, our team designs a customized care plan to your individual needs and capabilities.
What kind of chronic breathing problems can be helped with pulmonary rehab?
This medically supervised outpatient service is for people who are living with any of the following conditions:
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Lung cancer
- Lung transplant
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Any other chronic lung diseases
These conditions are often diagnosed through your primary care provider, a specialist or in the hospital setting. These providers can be your advocate by referring you to Renown Pulmonary Rehab.
How can patients take charge of their pulmonary health?
The most essential component of lung health is breaking the cycle of inactivity associated with lung disease. The exercise program at Pulmonary Rehab is conducted two times a week, for up to two-hour sessions. Instruction and supervision will help you safely and gradually reach your optimal level of function. All activities are carefully structured and monitored.
- Blood pressure checks
- Pulse oximetry (oxygen monitor)
- Heart rate monitor via pulse oximetry
- Weight management
As your activity, tolerance and endurance improve, your exercises should increase. After you graduate our program, you will receive customized guidelines for home-exercise to help maintain your new wellness goals prescribed by our exercise physiologist.
We also offer educational sessions to help you better understand the complexities of your lung condition. Family members and caretakers are always invited to attend classroom sessions.