What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Mercy’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to help people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), like emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other lung diseases, improve their quality of life by improving their physical condition.
The program seeks to slow and minimize the progression of the symptoms of lung disease through an eight-week program of exercise, education, breathing retraining and nutritional counseling.
How does the program work?
Participants in the program will meet for two hours, twice a week for eight weeks with other people with lung disease. The pulmonary rehab team will work with participants to personalize the program to meet individual needs and level of physical conditioning. The program will include information on:
- Normal lung function
- Disease process
- Breathing retraining
- Exercise conditioning
- Energy conservation
- Psychological and social factors
- Stress management
- Dietary guidelines
- Oxygen and home care needs
- Panic control
- Emergency planning
Your health care team
The program is led by Mercy’s cardiopulmonary team, including respiratory therapists, a registered nurse, a dietitian, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a social worker and many more.
How do I enroll?
A new session of the program begins every four to eight weeks. To enroll in the program, interested participants need to call 218.485.5677 and discuss the program with a respiratory therapist An order will need to be obtained from your pulmonologist or primary physician.
A fee is charged for this program. Check with your insurance company to determine if your health plan will cover the cost.
For more information about the program, call Mercy at 218.485.5677.
Lungs R Us – A Better Breathers Club
Part of the American Lung Association’s Better Breathers Clubs, Mercy’s LUNGS R US is a support group for adults suffering from a chronic lung disease.
The goal of LUNGS R US is to improve the quality of life and functional status for members by providing disease-specific education and emotional connection. Members share their experiences, knowledge, ideas and strengths to improve the quality of each other’s lives. Meetings include expert speakers, video presentations and round table discussions.
Who should attend?
Adults who suffer from COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory problems attend the meetings. Many members bring their spouse, other family members and caregivers with them.
How do attendees join?
To become a member, simply attend the meetings. There are no dues or fees, and referrals or reservations are not required.
When does LUNGS R US meet?
The group meets the third Monday of each month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Community Room 1 at Augustana Care. (Augustana Care is located on 710 South Kenwood Avenue.) No meeting in January.
For more information
If you have questions about the group or would like to attend, please call 218.485.5677.
Pulmonary Function Testing
Mercy’s respiratory therapists are trained to provide complete pulmonary function tests, including flow/volume loops, diffusion testing (DLCO) and lung volumes. These tests will help determine if there is lung disease (obstructive vs. restrictive) as well as the severity of the disease.
To help people experiencing sleep disorders, sleep studies are conducted at Mercy Hospital by specially trained staff from the Sleep Lab at Essentia Health. Information gained from the study is interpreted by Essentia pulmonologists in order to help diagnose and treat the sleep problem.
Mercy’s Cardiopulmonary department offers monitors that patients can pick up and bring home in order to monitor their oxygen levels and heart rate throughout the night. The same day the monitor is returned, Mercy staff uploads the data and faxes the report to the patient’s physician. This valuable information helps determines if oxygen is needed at home or if there is a need for further testing.
Cardiac rehabilitation helps heart patients speed their recovery and reduce their chances of future heart problems. Mercy’s cardiac rehab program consists of two components:
- A safe, individualized exercise program that is monitored by health professionals
- An education program to help heart patients modify and reduce risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.
Cardiac Rehab Phase I
Phase I begins in the hospital at the patient’s bedside. Patients start physical activities to counteract the effects of bed rest. Rehab staff work with patients to develop a home exercise program and address ways to reduce cardiac risk factors.
Cardiac Rehab Phase II
Phase II is an outpatient program for heart patients that combines an exercise program with education. Both components are designed to meet specific individual needs. The monitored exercise program consists of range of motion, aerobic and strength training exercises.
Through education, the rehab staff addresses ways to reduce or control cardiac risk factors. Topics include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Tobacco use
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Coronary artery disease
Phase II participants may receive up to 36 treatments within 36 weeks. Each participant is closely monitored by cardiac rehab staff. Summaries of Phase II treatments are sent to participants’ primary physician and cardiologist.
For more information
For more information about Mercy’s Cardiac Rehab Program, call 218.485.5696
Supervised Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a condition resulting from the narrowing or hardening of blood vessels in the lower extremities. This leads to decreased blood flow and in many individuals can cause pain or discomfort in the legs, buttocks, or calves, especially when walking.
Studies have shown that exercise is a safe and effective treatment option for increasing walking ability while reducing symptoms of PAD. The focus of Mercy’s 12-week Supervised Exercise Therapy program is walking, but other exercise modalities may be used. Participants are supervised by trained exercise physiologists who help ensure safety, adherence and progression, provide risk factor education, and assist with home exercise prescription.
If you have symptomatic PAD or if you experience discomfort in your legs when walking, contact your physician to see if you could benefit from and qualify for Supervised Exercise Therapy.
For more information
For more information about Mercy’s Supervised Exercise Therapy for PAD, call 218.485.5696
Nuclear Medicine Stress Testing
This test, also called myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), is a common test for coronary heart disease. The test is done under the supervision of a doctor with the help of cardiopulmonary staff. The test uses a radioactive substance, known as a tracer, to produce images of the heart muscle. When combined with an exercise test, the scan helps determine if areas of the heart are not receiving enough blood.
Nuclear Medicine Stress Testing is conducted at Gateway Clinic-Moose Lake.