Located in a state-of-the-art facility, pulmonary rehabilitation at The Miriam Hospital provides evaluation, therapy and education for adults with pulmonary disorders. Our staff includes a medical director who is a pulmonologist with expertise in managing all types of lung disease, as well as a behavioral medicine psychologist, and physical therapy, respiratory therapy and exercise physiology specialist. Consultants with expertise in nutrition and pharmacology are also available to work with participants.
The program treats patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and those with restrictive lung disorders.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema and cystic fibrosis. People with COPD have limitations in the airflow through their airways. The limitation usually worsens over time.
Restrictive lung disorders are diagnosed when a decrease in lung capacity results from the lungs' inability to expand and relax as rapidly as the diaphragm and intercostal muscles demand. Asbestosis and pulmonary fibrosis are types of restrictive lung disorders.
Adults who suffer from COPD or a restrictive lung disorder may experience difficulty with mobility and exercise tolerance. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help adults who experience these symptoms. Participants are referred to pulmonary rehabilitation by their physicians.
The program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. at the Center for Cardiac Fitness.
The center is a state-of-the-art facility with exercise and EKG monitoring equipment appropriate for participants with cardiopulmonary disease.