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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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People with chronic lung disease often benefit from participation in a specialized outpatient exercise and education program known as pulmonary rehabilitation. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program provides a thorough intervention for patients with impaired lung function.

The goal is to improve patients’ overall function and increase their ability to perform regular daily activities and improve a person's quality of life.

Our pulmonary rehab program is staffed by specially-trained medical professionals to assist you in managing and living with your specific lung condition.

Who is Eligible?

Patients referred for pulmonary rehab have one of the following:

Pulmonary rehab is covered by most insurers and is offered at a time that is convenient for you. Pulmonary rehab is typically eight to 12 weeks for two to three days a week. The length of time per workout depends on your individual program.

Enrollment is easy; just ask your physician for a referral and call to make an appointment at one of our locations below.

What Can I Expect?

While you are at pulmonary rehab, your team may include respiratory care practitioners, social workers, nurses, and your primary physician. You will complete a detailed interview, brief physical exam, and a comprehensive review of your medical history. From this, an individualized exercise and health improvement plan will be designed to help you meet your personal education and exercise goals.

The plan is aimed at increasing your lung condition and improving your fitness level. As you improve your fitness level, you should notice an improvement in your strength and endurance and in your overall quality of life.

During pulmonary rehab, your oxygen levels will be monitored and your blood pressure and heart rate will be checked as needed. In addition, at each visit we will ask you about signs and symptoms of pulmonary distress, and review your progress.

What Are the Benefits?

Pulmonary rehab will help you gain the knowledge and techniques that will improve your overall health and put you in control of your life. We teach you what you need to know to manage your lung condition and optimize your overall quality of life.

Other benefits include:

  • Understanding COPD and other lung diseases
  • Use of medication and proper use of inhalers
  • Breathing techniques to use when you are short of breath
  • Energy conservation and self-pacing techniques
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight management
  • Stress management

Locations

UPMC Bedford
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
10455 Lincoln Highway
Everett, PA 15537

814-623-3538
Hours: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

UPMC Cardiopulmonary Rehab - White Oak
2001 Lincoln Way
White Oak, PA 15131

412-664-3010
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UPMC Hamot
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
3330 Peach St.
Erie, PA 16508

814-877-5611
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UPMC Horizon
Shenango Valley Campus
2200 Memorial Drive
Farrell, PA 16121

724-983-7533 or 724-589-6281
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

UPMC Mercy Outpatient Center at Green Tree
969 Greentree Road, Suite 310
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

412-500-7321
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UPMC Passavant Cranberry
Building 3, Suite 203
3 St. Francis Way
Cranberry Township, PA. 16066

Phone: 724-720-5930
Fax: 412-367-5591
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UPMC Presbyterian
Falk Clinic
3601 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

412-647-7035
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UPMC Shadyside
Shadyside Medical Building, Suite 503
5200 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-623-1684
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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