Posted on: November 17, 2015
If you experience shortness of breath, pulmonary rehab may help you. Pulmonary rehab lessens your sensation of shortness of breath, while helping improve activity endurance–and quality of life. You may have a respiratory problem that can be effectively treated as you answer the questions in our pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines.
Am I a Candidate for Pulmonary Rehab?
by Dr. Harlan Weinberg, MD, Medical Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and Critical Care Services at NWH at Chappaqua Crossing.
If you experience shortness of breath, pulmonary rehab may help you. Pulmonary rehab lessens your sensation of shortness of breath, while helping improve activity endurance–and quality of life. You may have a respiratory problem that can be effectively treated with pulmonary rehab. (See my blog, 7 Things to Look For in a Top Pulmonary Rehab Program.)
Take the self-assessment below to see if pulmonary rehab may be right for you. Pulmonary rehab is covered by most insurance companies. Our Pulmonary Rehab staff can help you get a referral from your physician.
- Do you experience shortness of breath with daily activities? For example: getting dressed, walking up a short flight of stairs, walking across a typical parking lot to your car, or other such activities.
- Are you currently smoking or did you smoke in the past?
- Do you suffer from daily coughing?
- Does coughing frequently produce mucus?
- Do you suffer from COPD, or interstitial lung disease/IPF, or sarcoid, or pulmonary embolism, or other chronic lung disease?
- Do you have a diagnosis of lung cancer?
- Are you a candidate for lung transplant, or are you post-lung transplant?
- Have you been recently hospitalized for an acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD), or pneumonia?
If you answered YES to ANY ONE of these questions, pulmonary rehab may help you. We can assist in getting a referral from your physician. Contact us at 914.458.8700 to learn about pulmonary rehab and ask about a pulmonary function test.
If you answered NO to ALL questions, you may not need pulmonary rehab. If you have concerns about your lung function or questions about the pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines, contact us at 914.458.8700.