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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 Bay Region 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 Bay Region

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program takes place at the Center for Rehabilitation on McLaren Bay Region's West Campus. Patients with chronic lung diseases improve their strength and endurance through monitored exercise. The program also includes education about managing the activities of daily living despite the limitations imposed by the disease. Goals are set with the patient, family, and therapist. For example, some patients want to be able to golf again or go fishing. These goals can often be met when muscle strength and endurance are regained. The goal of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is to be able to progress the patient to 30 minutes of continuous exercise of the lower body (walking or bicycling) and 20 minutes of upper body exercise (arm bike or arm exercises).

Another important part of pulmonary rehabilitation is the opportunity for socialization and bonding with others who share the same problems. People can learn from each other and regain their optimism in spite of having a debilitating and chronic condition.

Patients with chronic lung disease often need the support of home medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen tanks, medication nebulizers, and continuous positive airway pressure (C-PAP) machines that help keep airways open during sleep.