If you have COPD, Pulmonary Rehab can help you stay out of the hospital, a comprehensive preventive healthcare program provided by a team of health professionals to help people cope with their lung conditions physically, socially and emotionally.
Breathing exercises, exercise reconditioning, progressive relaxation training, stress and panic control techniques, smoking cessation, as well as educational programs on medication, diet, exercise, and caring for and operating respiratory therapy equipment.
If you’ve been hospitalized for an acute COPD flare, starting pulmonary rehabilitation soon after your discharge may reduce the risk of readmission in the subsequent three months according to recent studies that looked at follow up care ( reported in Thorax)
"Sixty patients admitted to the hospital for an exacerbation of COPD were randomly assigned to receive standard follow-up care or pulmonary rehabilitation on an outpatient basis within a week of being discharged. Over a three-month period, 33% of those receiving standard care were readmitted to the hospital with another exacerbation, compared with 7% of those receiving pulmonary rehabilitation. And 57% of the standard-care group received care in the emergency room or were admitted, versus 27% of the rehabilitation group"
Many people with COPD find that pulmonary rehab is very beneficial, so if you're hospitalized for a flare-up, talk to your doctor about referral to a program near you.