Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program for people with chronic lung diseases like COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
We are here to improve your quality of life by offering these services:
- 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.
Our program will assist you reduce the risk of future pulmonary complications by decreasing shortness of breath, increase stamina and education on how to manage your lung disease. AACVPR's certification ensures UNC REX's program meets the essential national standards of cardiac and pulmonary care.
In addition to the pulmonary rehabilitation program UNC REX offers you a free monthly Better Breathers support group, smoking cessation classes and asthma education. For more information, call 919-784-3756.
Cardiovascular Case Management
If you are in our pulmonary rehabilitation program at Rex, you will be assigned a cardiovascular case manager to personally assist you through the sometimes trying process of rehabilitation. The case manager works closely with you and your family, your physician and other caregivers from the Heart and Vascular Team to coordinate all of the services you need during and after your stay at Rex. Your Rex case manager also makes arrangements for any services you may require after your return home including home health care, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, access to community resources and additional case management.
Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
This non-invasive test will assist us in diagnosing lung disease abnormalities to determine the best course of treatment for you. The test requires breathing into a device called a spirometer to measure airflow and volume.
The three most frequently performed PFTs are:
- lung volumes
- diffusion capacity (DLCO)