Pulmonary rehabilitation programs can help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and other lung ailments minimize symptoms and maximize their lives.
However, a rehab program is only as good as the patient’s compliance with the plan. And studies show patients are more likely to follow through with rehab if they live closer to the facility where they receive treatment.
That’s why LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early is so excited to offer a pulmonary rehabilitation program in its facility in Blakely.
The new program, operated by United Pulmonary Group, launched in August and offers physician-directed, personalized, one-on-one treatment and rehabilitation for patients with cardiopulmonary disease.
Jared Hatcher, who oversees the LifeBrite’s program, says often in rural areas, people have to drive one to two hours to a larger market for pulmonary rehab services.
“A lot of times, there is a pent up need for these services,” he said. But if a patient relies on someone else for transportation and has to make the trip out of town two or three times a week, they often don’t follow through.
“It’s very beneficial to have a program like this in your community,” he said. “It’s really exciting to be able to offer it. We’re getting a lot of interest.”
What is COPD?
COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes breathing problems. Exposure to cigarette smoke plays a role in developing COPD, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Air pollutants in the home and workplace, genetic factors, and respiratory infections also play a role.
Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production, and wheezing. COPD increases the risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and several other conditions.
There is no cure, but it can be treated to slow its progression. Treatment options include quitting smoking and starting a pulmonary rehab program like the one offered by LifeBrite.
Benefits of pulmonary rehab
Why is it important to have this program at LifeBrite? Because pulmonary rehabilitation has been proven to reduce respiratory symptoms and:
- Improve exercise performance
- Improve mood ( by lowering depression and anxiety)
- Increase knowledge about pulmonary disease and its management
- Reduce hospitalizations and use of medical resources
- Help some patients return to work
Area physicians refer patients to the program for diagnostic testing, therapeutic exercise, educational training, outcomes assessment, and individualized treatment plans.
Don’t put off treatment of your emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD any longer. Breathe better now and improve your quality of life!
To learn more about LifeBrite’s pulmonary rehabilitation program, call 229-723-4241.
Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes. To learn more about Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early, visit our homepage.