Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an individualized program of education and exercise classes that teaches you about your lungs, how to exercise with proper breathing and how to live with lung disease. Altru's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This certification assures you are enrolled in a program that meets or exceeds national healthcare standards.

For more information, please call 701.780.1528 or 800.732.4277, ext. 1528.

Common Respiratory Problems

Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to help manage the following respiratory problems:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Other Respiratory Diseases

Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation can:

  • Enhance the ability to perform daily living tasks
  • Reduce hospitalizations and the use of medical resources
  • Increase exercise tolerance and performance
  • Relieve the symptoms of respiratory disease
  • Improve the emotional well-being of those who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem and/or self-confidence
  • Educate participants and families about pulmonary disease and its management
  • Increase the possibility of returning to work for some participants
  • Increase survival in some participants
  • Increase awareness of medications used to treat pulmonary disease
  • Introduce the most up-to-date equipment used to treat lung disease

Family members or significant others are encouraged to attend the sessions at no extra charge. By attending, the family can better understand the disease and the implications it has on their loved one.

Activities Of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Participants will attend two sessions each week for a total of 10 to 12 weeks. Then, a personalized home program will be designed for each participant according to his/her individual needs, or the participant may enter the maintenance program for a nominal monthly fee.

Breathing Retraining/Ventilatory Muscle Training (VMT):
VMT specifically targets the muscles used for breathing. The goal of VMT is to help reduce breathing difficulties.

Exercise Training:
Participants may use several types of equipment, including treadmills, stationary bicycles, arm bikes, and stepping machines. Heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen level will be monitored throughout the session.

Disease Education:
Educational sessions give the participant and their family or friends a comprehensive look at pulmonary disease management. Topics include proper nutrition, medications, stress management, handling emergencies, simplifying work tasks, and an introduction of the home-exercise program.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team

Altru's Pulmonary Rehabilitation uses a team approach for total personal care. This team includes:

  • Physicians
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pastoral Services
  • Dietitians
  • Social Services
  • Psychosocial Services
  • Physical Therapists


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