Stronger, Improved Breathing
Nearly all of our participants feel better by the second week. Nearly all complete our programs and see improvement in their activities of daily living, including being able to walk in the mall and climb more stairs. As you get stronger and your breathing improves, depression and anxiety also decrease. And, studies show that learning to use your medical therapies properly and following a personalized action plan -- both of which we teach in pulmonary rehab -- reduce hospital admissions.
Lung Transplant Candidates
All Duke candidates for lung transplant surgery are required to undergo pulmonary rehabilitation before and after lung transplant surgery. The program uses education, endurance exercise, strengthening, and counseling to help you prepare before you are placed on the lung transplant wait list. Once you've been listed, we help condition your mind and body for surgery. After your lung transplant surgery, we help you recover and manage your medications, and set you on the road to a lifelong exercise program.