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How does pulmonary rehabilitation help with COPD?

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Pulmonary rehab is a formal program that builds your fitness and helps you breathe as well as you possibly can. It includes:

To join a program, you’ll probably need a referral from your doctor and a test that shows you’ve had COPD in the past year.

  • Exercise to help your lungs and heart work better
  • Breathing techniques
  • Nutrition
  • Relaxation
  • Emotional and group support
  • Learning more about your medications
  • Strategies for living better with COPD

SOURCES: COPD Foundation: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

National Jewish Health: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

American Thoracic Society: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?”

Chest : "Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Joint ACCP/AACVPR Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines."

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “ American Thoracic Society/European respiratory Society statement on pulmonary rehabilitation.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 04, 2019

SOURCES: COPD Foundation: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

National Jewish Health: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

American Thoracic Society: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?”

Chest : "Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Joint ACCP/AACVPR Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines."

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “ American Thoracic Society/European respiratory Society statement on pulmonary rehabilitation.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 04, 2019

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