Those with chronic pulmonary disease know that it can be difficult to perform basic activities, such as climbing stairs, working in the yard, or participating in family activities without struggling to breathe, becoming exhausted, or feeling helpless. If this sounds like you or someone you know, CAPRI (Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Institute) may be able to help.
The pulmonary rehabilitation program is designed to improve the quality of life for those who have diseases, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, or other lung diseases, as well as lung transplant patients. A clinical team consisting of a nurse, respiratory therapist, and an exercise physiologist works closely with participants to monitor their health and motivate them to achieve their program goals.
The program includes:
- Medically supervised cardiovascular exercise and strength training
- Muscle conditioning/strength training
- Education for patient and family
- Specialized counseling to help with psychological, nutritional, and vocational adjustments
- Individualized exercise programs
The potential benefits:
- Reduced hospitalizations
- Reduced symptoms
- Increased knowledge of disease management
- Improved ability to perform activities of daily living
- Improved psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety
- Return to work for some patients
- Increased exercise performance and tolerance
These benefits depend on the participant’s physical condition, consistency in attendance, and compliance with all aspects of the program.
The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program is a medically supervised, physician-referred service. This service is usually covered by Medicare and most major insurance companies. Classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for a period of time as determined by your insurance provider. Prior to beginning the program, patients have an initial evaluation, which includes a medical history, physical assessment, and diagnostic testing.
If you are interested in the cardiac rehab program, please discuss this with your primary care provider for a referral.