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Breathing. It affects every single moment of our lives. So, for those with a breathing disease or disorder, the result is quite often constant debilitation. But it doesn’t have to be.

The caring professionals with St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s pulmonary rehabilitation program help hundreds of people to fuller, happier lives every year, and together, we can accomplish the same for you.

About Our Unique Program
Patients participating in our eight-week pulmonary rehabilitation program typically meet for two or three therapy sessions weekly. At these sessions, experts provide the vital support and information you and your family needs to meet the daily challenges of living with a chronic lung disorder.

The beauty of pulmonary rehabilitation is that it works to both prevent and improve many of the problems experienced by those with a breathing disease. As a result, people who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation tend to live longer, with a better quality of life and fewer hospitalizations.

At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we work with you to improve your diet, exercise and behavioral habits in ways that lessen the impact of your disease. Once the disease is tamed in these ways, the quality of your life improves, both physically and mentally.

Our caring professionals work with you through a program of supervised exercise training. And treatment is individualized to your precise needs to provide you with all the education, exercise, breathing retraining and coping skills you need to live life to the fullest.

In short, those who participate in our pulmonary rehab program learn the keys to achieving optimum physical and mental health with a maximum level of independence. They have learned that they can thrive, even while living with a breathing disorder.

Our participants are rewarded with:

  • Less time in the hospital
  • Higher levels of physical activity
  • Fewer breathing complications and symptoms
  • Better self-images
  • More knowledge about their diseases

Can Pulmonary Rehab Help You?
If you’ve been diagnosed with any type of lung disease, you can benefit from our program and we’d love to get you involved. Anyone, for instance, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, interstitial lung disease, or another lung disease will benefit from participation.

But, if you’re still a little foggy on whether pulmonary rehab is right for you, take the following quick quiz. It will help you determine whether you need the array of benefits pulmonary rehab can provide.

1. Check all of the following activities that leave you short of breath:
_____ At rest
_____ Eating
_____ Simple personal care
_____ Bathing/showering
_____ Dressing
_____ Cleaning/straightening up
_____ Vacuuming
_____ Shopping
_____ Laundry
_____ Climbing stairs
_____ Cooking/Washing dishes
_____ Walking around your house
_____ Walking at your own pace on level surface
_____ Walking one block
_____ Walking up a slight hill

2.) Does your breathing difficulty prevent you from doing what you’d like to do?
_____ Yes _____ No

3.) Do you sometimes have coughing or breathing attacks upon exertion. (For example, when climbing stairs or showering)
_____ Yes _____ No

4.) Do you smoke, or have you previously smoked for a long period of time?
_____ Yes _____ No

5.) Do you have frequent bouts with bronchitis?
_____ Yes _____ No

6.) Do you have morning coughing fits?
_____ Yes _____ No

7.) Do you cough up greenish-yellow sputum?
_____ Yes _____ No

8.) Do the following things limit your ability to remain active?
_____ Shortness of breath
_____ Fatigue
_____ Lightheadedness

If you checked any of the activities or “yes” boxes more than twice, please give us a call today at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Asthma Education Center at (859) 301-5750. Though a physician’s referral is required to participate in our program, we can help you and your doctor begin you on your way to a better, easier-breathing life.

Pulmonary Rehab Sessions Include:

  • Normal and disease lung processes
  • Respiratory medications
  • Nutrition
  • Stress management
  • Energy conservation
  • Risk factors
  • Breathing retraining


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