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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Rex Healthcare Receives Wake County's First Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certification

Rex Healthcare has received Wake County's first pulmonary rehabilitation program certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program for people with chronic lung diseases like COPD, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. Pulmonary rehab is aimed to improve quality of life by:

  • Decreasing respiratory symptoms and complications
  • Encouraging self-management and control over daily functioning
  • Improving physical conditioning and exercise performance
  • Improving emotional well-being
  • Reducing hospitalizations
  • Helping people with pulmonary disease lead full, satisfying lives and restore them to their highest functional capacity

The rehabilitation program reduces the risk of future pulmonary complications by decreasing shortness of breath, increasing stamina and educating participants about how to manage their lung disease. AACVPR's certification ensures Rex's program meets the essential national standards of cardiac and pulmonary care.

"Rex is pleased to be able to provide these lung health services to our communities," said Diana Statler, director of Heart and Vascular Services. "COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. Rex Healthcare recognizes that, and this program allows us to extend our care to patients with this and other chronic lung diseases."

Better Breathers

In addition to the pulmonary rehabilitation program Rex offers a free monthly Better Breathers support group, smoking cessation classes and asthma education. For more information, call 919-784-3756.

Online Risk Screenings

Also available through Rex Healthcare is a free online screening to determine your risk for chronic lung disease. LungAware is a short online screen that asks questions about lifestyle, family history and health to determine if you are at risk for chronic lung disease. If determined to be at high risk, you are eligible for a free follow-up screening with a Rex Healthcare clinician.