Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a service offered at the Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital for patients with lung disease and breathing problems. The goal is to educate patients and their families about the value of exercise so their hospitalizations are less frequent and involve shorter stays. Pulmonary rehab patients are referred by their doctors, who stay in touch for reports on their patients’ progress. It is approved by Medicare and the cost is often covered by private health insurance. Classes are held in the Cardiac Rehab Gym, on the sixth floor of the Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital.

The Pulmonary Rehab team consists of a pulmonary medicine physician, registered respiratory therapists, registered nurses, a registered dietitian and an exercise specialist. The team supervises the exercise regimen and monitors lung patients for their blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels.

What lung conditions qualify you for pulmonary rehab?

  • Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery before and after lung transplantation.

Why participate?

The Pulmonary Rehab program can help you:
  • Increase and improve your ability to perform normal activities of daily living
  • Improve your control of shortness of breath
  • Increase and improve your tolerance of exercise
  • Achieve a better understanding and acceptance of your illness
  • Realize the importance of healthy living habits.
The Pulmonary Rehab program has several components:
  • Controlled breathing exercises and training
  • Smoking cessation information
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Monitored exercise program
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Education about medications
  • Techniques for coping with stress and relaxation methods
  • Emotional support

For more information on Pulmonary Rehab, please call 314-251-1015.

The Pulmonary Rehab team also sponsors a Pulmonary Rehab Support Group. For more information on the support group, call 314-251-7978.

625 S. New Ballas Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63141
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