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    Breathe Easier With Pulmonary Rehab

    By By Eve Glicksman, Staff Writer
    October 17, 2012, 9:49:36 AM EDT

    Is shortness of breath getting the best of you? Even walking to the mailbox can be a challenge if you have chronic lung disease.


    There may be no cure for your condition. But you might be able to attend that wedding or ball game with help from a pulmonary rehab program.

    That's the word from the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. They recommend pulmonary rehab as the standard of care for people with chronic lung disease who are in stable condition. Studies show that rehab can help you reach your highest level of functioning.

    Pulmonary rehab addresses medical, educational, fitness, and lifestyle issues. A program tailored to your needs may help:

    -Reduce shortness of breath and fatigue
    -Build strength
    -Improve emotional well-being
    -Decrease hospital stays and use of health care resources

    After rehab, you may find you are able to do more for yourself at home. Others are able to return to work or get back to doing an activity they once had to give up.

    Who can it help? Rehab helps many people manage symptoms and lead a more active life. You'll learn more about your disease, treatment options, and ways to cope. Rehab may help if you have:

    -Cystic fibrosis
    -Pulmonary fibrosis
    -A chest wall disease
    -Lung cancer
    -Chronic bronchitis
    -Other chronic lung conditions

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