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Pulmonary Rehab

What is Pulmonary Rehab?

Pulmonary rehab is a multidisciplinary program of care for patients with chronic respiratory impairment that is individually tailored and designed to optimize physical and social performance and autonomy.

As lung reserve declines, dyspnea worsens and independent daily activity performance erodes. Pulmonary rehabilitation provides multidisciplinary training to improve the patient’s ability to manage and cope with progressive dyspnea.

Although pulmonary rehabilitation efforts are often focused on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema), other conditions appropriate for this process include, but are not limited to, patients with asthma, interstitial disease, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, chest wall diseases, neuromuscular disorders, ventilator dependency and before and after lung surgery for transplantation, volume reduction or cancer.

  • Initial evaluation to determine patient needs and desired goals. Administer six min walk test to evaluate dyspnea index; resting and max heart rates; and oxygen saturation pre/post exercise.
  • Breathing retraining exercises (pursed-lip and diaphragmatic breathing)
  • Stretching and warm-up routines followed by a total of 45min aerobic exercise using stationery bikes and treadmills
  • Upper body strengthening exercises utilizing an upper body arm ergometer and free weights
  • Education covering the respiratory system, COPD, physical therapy, nutrition, psychosocial issues, medication and activities of daily living
  • Exit evaluation to assess patient’s progress and continued need for therapy

Participation in a pulmonary rehab program can be the start to a new beginning.
Requirements for program acceptance:

  1. Physician order
  2. Pulmonary function study done within the last year
  3. Smoking cessation or a willingness to quit

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • And other lung diseases that can cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Pulmonary Rehab

Pulmonary Rehab Locations

Ochsner American Legion Hospital
1634 Elton Road
Jennings, LA 70546
  • : 4 a.m.-4 a.m.
  • Open 24/7
Heart & Vascular Center of Acadiana
155 Hospital Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-noon
Singing River Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab
3535 Bienville Blvd. , Suite 120
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
  • Monday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Singing River Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab
3101 Denny Ave. , Suite 130
Pascagoula, MS 39581
  • Monday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-noon
St. Tammany Health System Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion
16300 Highway 1085, Covington , LA 70433
Covington, LA 70433
Ochsner St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Blvd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital
1310 West 7th St.
Kaplan, LA 70548
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Mary
1125 Marguerite St.
Morgan City, LA 70380
  • Open 24/7
St. Bernard Parish Hospital
8000 W. Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7