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Pulmonary rehabilitation, also called pulmonary rehab, is a program that helps people manage their breathing problems. The main goals are to increase endurance, reduce breathlessness, and improve quality of life. Pulmonary rehab can last 4–12 weeks or more, depending on your condition.
Benefits of pulmonary rehab
Exercise training will vary based on how much activity you can handle, and it will slowly become harder or more intense as you build up your endurance. In most cases, you will have exercise training 3 days a week. After you finish pulmonary rehab, your health care provider will create an exercise program to help you maintain your progress.
Energy conservation training
Your rehab team will show you how to complete everyday tasks without getting out of breath. This may include techniques for avoiding bending, lifting, or reaching.
Your family members and caregivers may also participate in counseling.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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