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Mar 16
Blog: Breathing Easier with Chronic Lung Disease

This week, March 14-21, is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, sponsored by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis, is to improve lung function, reduce symptom severity, and improve quality of life. 

Saratoga Hospital offers comprehensive rehabilitation programs—including cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation—at  Regional Therapy Center locations throughout the Saratoga region. Our clinicians at the Regional Therapy Center Pulmonary Rehabilitation program develop customized plans for each patient, focusing on the skills you need to improve function at home, work, or in your leisure activities. Our program offers: 

  • Education about your condition, symptoms, medications, and oxygen
  • Supervised exercise and instruction
  • Breathing techniques
  • Emotional well-being

The program also provides opportunities for peer support. The regular exercise is designed to decrease shortness of breath by strengthening lung muscles, helping patients feel better. The education helps patients understand their conditions and how to manage them. Pulmonary rehabilitation may even decrease the need for hospital visits and readmissions. After patients complete the program, they are welcome to continue to exercise in our Health and Fitness Gym.

The Regional Therapy Center’s pulmonary rehabilitation team of highly skilled healthcare professionals includes physicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. All are licensed by New York State and have extensive experience and training.

Please join us in expressing our gratitude for the important work of our pulmonary rehabilitation team as we celebrate Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. Through their dedication and commitment, patients and families can all breathe a little easier.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is offered Monday through Friday at the Regional Therapy Center located at 6 Care Lane on the second floor. A physician referral is required. For more information or an appointment, call 518-583-8383. Learn more at SaratogaHospital.org


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