Atrium Medical Center Introduces Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Patients with Chronic Lung Disease
Middletown, Ohio, September 12, 2012—Atrium Medical Center now offers pulmonary rehabilitation to help those with chronic lung disease better perform activities of daily living. This individualized, supervised exercise and education program helps patients understand and manage their lung condition while they increase endurance and the ability to exercise.
“One of Atrium’s goals is to help every patient live the healthiest life possible. Our new pulmonary rehabilitation services enable patients with all stages of lung problems to gain the knowledge and strength they need to enjoy better quality of life, with fewer symptoms and complications from their disease,” says Carol Turner, president and CEO of Atrium Medical Center. Atrium offers a full range of services for patients with lung disease, including diagnosis of breathing problems, respiratory therapy and surgery.
Atrium pulmonologist Amaresh Nath, MD, explains, “Many patients with advanced lung disease have higher demand on their lungs, yet they have deconditioned muscles. A medically supervised program of exercise can significantly improve function, the effects of disabling symptoms and quality of life. Education and the right exercises can help significantly.”
Patients who may benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation include those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer and sarcoidosis. Pulmonary rehabilitation also helps patients before and after lung transplantation and other lung surgeries.
Atrium offers pulmonary rehabilitation in two phases. Phase II typically lasts eight to 12 weeks, with close monitoring and supervision. Phase III is an optional maintenance program for those who want to continue exercising at Atrium. A physician’s referral is required. Pulmonary rehabilitation is conveniently located in the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department in Atrium’s Professional Services Building. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call (513) 420-5258 or visit www.AtriumMedCenter.org/PulmonaryRehab.