Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD can be caused by smoking, or long term exposure to lung irritants such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust. Signs and symptoms of COPD include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
The purpose of pulmonary rehab is to improve or alleviate patients’ symptoms, optimize their daily function, and improve their disability from chronic respiratory disease.
Pulmonary rehab is a supervised exercise program where each individual is progressed slowly to improve lung capacity and health. After completion of the program, the patient may choose to continue with our Phase III program which allows you to keep coming and using the equipment at the hospital under supervision. Phase III is not covered by any insurance or Medicare, and costs $40.00 for 12 visits.
At Winneshiek Medical Center, pulmonary rehab is provided by respiratory therapists.
To enroll in pulmonary rehab, you must receive a written order by your physician and meet the criteria following pulmonary function tests.