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Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The treatment of chronic lung disease is frequently complicated, confusing and frustrating for both the patient and those who care for them. McLaren Flint provides a comprehensive outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program that serves the needs of chronic lung disease patients in our area. Our goal is to improve the comfort, function, and understanding for patients who struggle with lung disease.

The Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to improve the health and quality of life of people who have heart, lung, and vascular disease.

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs help individuals lead an active, productive life - mentally, physically, and socially. The staff in the Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program cares for people who have a history of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease and those who are at risk of developing these conditions.

Specific program goals include:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Reduced cardiac or pulmonary disease symptoms
  • Reduced cardiac risk factors
  • Slower progression of pulmonary disease
  • Educating and counseling to improve understanding of these conditions

Pulmonary Rehab at McLaren Flint

McLaren Flint's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is one of the first programs to be accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. And the benefits can give you a new lease on life. The exercise and education you will receive will help you maximize your lung function.

patient at pulmonary rehab

What does this program include?

Through six to twelve weeks of intensive therapy sessions patients and family members will become educated in:

  • Understanding the disease
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Breathing retraining
  • Panic control
  • Importance of regular exercise
  • Community resources which can help resolve the psychological, social, financial and occupational problems often associated with COPD

What is the admission process?

Acceptance into McLaren's outpatient program is dependent upon:

  • Referral by your family physician, MD or DO
  • Preferred pre-program test and reports within the past year:
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • History and Physical

Does insurance cover this program?

This quality program is offered at a minimum cost to the patient. A high percentage of the program's cost is covered by Medicare. Other insurance plans such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield may also cover partial costs, depending on the extent of the coverage.

"We can give you lots of information, encouragement, and opportunities to improve your functional capacity," says Pulmonary Rehab Manager Valerie McLeod. "But the decision to restore your quality of life is yours."