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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 Lapeer 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 or pulmonary disease symptoms
  • Reduced cardiac risk factors
  • Educating and counseling to improve understanding of these lung conditions

Pulmonary Rehab at McLaren Lapeer Region

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at McLaren Lapeer Region is for patients with Chronic Respiratory Disease (COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Pulmonary Fibrosis and other conditions). The program combines education with therapeutic exercise and functional activities into a comprehensive eight-week program. The goal is to help the patient understand and cope with the disease and function more comfortably and independently at home.

Who is a Candidate?

Any patient with symptomatic chronic lung disease is a candidate for a pulmonary rehab program, but appropriate patients are:

  • Those who recognize that they have symptoms due to lung disease, perceive some impairment or disability related to that disease, and are motivated to be active participants in their own care to improve their health status.
  • Patients should generally be stabilized on standard medical therapy before beginning a program. The assessment and treatment plan can then be based on the patient’s optimal baseline level of function. They should not have other disabling or unstable conditions that would limit their ability to participate fully in rehab.
  • The ideal patient for pulmonary rehab is one with moderate to moderately severe lung disease who is stable on standard medical therapy, not distracted or limited by other serious or unstable medical conditions, willing and able to learn about his/her disease, and is motivated to devote the time and effort necessary to benefit from a comprehensive care program.

Services offered by the Pulmonary Function/Rehabilitation Department

  • Complete pulmonary functions testing including plethysmography for thoracic gas volume and airway resistance bronchial provocation testing
  • Pulmonary function stress testing
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Smoking cessation program
  • Asthma education
  • Support group for those with chronic lung diseases. (Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month.)