How Pulmonary Rehab Helps You Breathe

by Joelle Klein

For many patients diagnosed with chronic lung conditions such as COPD, attending a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program can be a lifesaver—literally and figuratively. Pulmonary rehab can help people manage their symptoms, complications, oxygen and medications, reduce hospitalizations and, most importantly, breathe better and improve quality of life.

Linda Sawchuk, a respiratory therapist and Better Breathers Club Facilitator, says pulmonary rehab can help get people back as close as possible to their life prior to the onset of their illness. In addition to education, supervision, tips and advice, participants experience a sense of community that is equally as important.

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