St. Mary's Outpatient Pulmonary Rehab Works
to Decrease Pulmonary Symptoms
St. Mary’s Heart Institute offers an outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program that is designed to decrease pulmonary symptoms and provide an improved sense of well-being. We also educate the patient and family about lung disease. A physician referral is needed to enter this program.
Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation consists of monitored aerobic exercise along with education classes regarding lung disease. The classes are offered three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and last about one hour each session. The program offers individualized care based on the needs of the patient and lasts from four to twelve weeks depending on the patient's progress.
The exercise equipment used in the program includes:
- Arm bike
- Free weights
The pulmonary education classes offered:
- Breathing techniques
- Anatomy and physiology of the lungs
- Energy conservation
- Stress management and depression
- Smoking cessation
- Heart failure
Patients are monitored closely by the rehab staff, which consists of registered nurses and exercise physiologists. The staff monitors oxygen saturation, heart rate, heart rhythm, and blood pressure during each session. The staff provides progress reports that provide goals and accomplishments to the patient and the referring physician.
Patients with chronic lung disease can qualify. Most insurance companies cover most or all of the program. Our staff will assist you with verification of insurance coverage and co-pay.
Please call (812) 485-5230 if you have any questions or would like more information regarding the program.