Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is observing Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week all week, March 10-16, to celebrate the benefits pulmonary rehabilitation can provide for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Pulmonary rehabilitation allows patients to make the most of limited lung function.
“Pulmonary rehab aims to reduce symptoms, decrease disability and increase participation in physical and social activities while improving the overall quality of life for patients with chronic respiratory disease,” said Emily Kjelland, JRMC registered clinical exercise physiologist and cardiopulmonary rehab manager.
This service at JRMC is designed for adults who are increasingly limited in their everyday activities due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Sarcoidosis and other lung conditions. Pulmonary rehab can improve a patient’s ability to function and increase their quality of life. Some benefits that pulmonary rehab can provide are: reduce and control breathing difficulties, increase functionality for daily activity, reduce dependence on medical resources and much more.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), aims to educate the community about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with chronic lung disease. This year’s theme, “Inspiration for Life,” honors individuals who struggle to overcome shortness of breath and the pulmonary professionals who work every day to alleviate that struggle and improve patients’ everyday life.
A signed referral from your doctor is required for participation in the pulmonary rehab program at JRMC. The referral and other information regarding your physical condition links the pulmonary rehab team to the patients physician, allowing them to work together to provide the best possible care. For more information on pulmonary rehab at JRMC call (701) 952-4839.