MVMC now offers pulmonary rehab
March 11-17 is National Pulmonary Rehabilitation month. Madison Valley Medical Center now offers pulmonary rehab for patients with lung disease and neuromuscular disease affecting breathing muscles. Pulmonary rehabilitation is recognized as a core factor in the management of chronic respiratory disease, according to the American Thoracic Society. It is an individualized exercise session based on each patients’ abilities, which is evaluated on an initial and ongoing assessment. Disease severity, complexity and other medical issues one may have are taken into account.
Pulmonary rehab is designed to improve physical and psychological conditions. By increasing movement and exercise the heart and lungs become more efficient. This helps minimize symptoms and helps increase exercise tolerance and activity of daily living. Pulmonary rehab also helps the patient to manage their disease by reducing anxiety and depression they may be experiencing. It also promotes long term health promoting behavior. Quality of life, long-term health, and longevity of life have been shown to improve with pulmonary rehab.
During pulmonary rehab the patient is placed on a heart monitor. The blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, and oxygen saturation are monitored during the rehab session. The patient’s primary MD or pulmonologist will prescribe pulmonary rehab and is regularly updated regarding the individuals progress and any untoward events. The pulmonary rehab registered nurse is ACLS certified and emergency equipment is readily available in the rehab department.