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Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pulmonary rehabilitation at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). We are the only certified pulmonary rehabilitation program located on the upper west side of Manhattan.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a team approach that includes doctors, nurses, physical and respiratory therapists, who evaluate your current level of functioning and design an individualized program to meet your needs.

The program includes two to three weekly sessions over eight weeks and involves exercise training and education. Some activities take place individually and others with groups with similar breathing problems.

Goals of Pulmonary rehabilitation include:

  • Achieving independence and self reliance in the management of your pulmonary condition
  • Learning more about your disease, treatment options and coping strategies
  • Lowering your risk for hospital admissions and reliance on costly medical resources
  • Increasing your knowledge of energy and work conservation
  • Teaching techniques to improve your ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Maintaining healthy behaviors, such as smoking cessation, good nutrition and exercise
  • Decreasing anxiety and depression commonly associated with pulmonary disease

Who should attend?
The program is designed for patients with pulmonary diseases.

It is appropriate for individuals with shortness of breath that compromises their lifestyle and those who want to:

  • Learn more about their disease and management of its symptoms
  • Learn ways to improve their breathing
  • Increase exercise endurance and their ability to perform activities of daily living

Components of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Therapeutic Exercise
Therapeutic exercise uses a variety of methods. Endurance training is achieved through the use of treadmill, stationary bicycle and ergometry. Flexibility and strength training are also incorporated. An exercise program will be developed for you to continue after you complete the program.

Educational activities cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Breath retraining
  • Role of medications
  • Using oxygen therapy
  • Energy conservation
  • Diet, nutrition and weight management
  • Symptom assessment

To join, ask your pulmonologist or primary care physician to refer you to our pulmonary rehabilitation program.

For more information, please call (212) 523-5471.

Most insurances are accepted; individual benefits will need to be verified.

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