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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

A Healthier Outlook for Men

Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital combines exercise training with breathing retraining, behavioral and educational programs designed to help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other related chronic lung diseases.

The main goals of pulmonary rehabilitation are to help you control symptoms, improve daily living activities and restore your ability to function independently. Pulmonary rehabilitation has been shown to improve outcomes in people experiencing:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic lung conditions, including chronic asthma and pulmonary fibrosis
  • Need for lung transplants or other lung surgeries
  • Symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough and/or mucus production

Even patients with low or moderate problems can benefit.

Our medical director and staff of RNs, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, pastoral care staff and dietitians will be with you from the start. They’ll develop a plan that’s right for you by gradually increasing activity levels and improving your quality of life.

What’s Involved in Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation involves the following components to improve overall quality of life:

  • Breathing retraining and techniques
  • Building strength and endurance
  • Conserving energy and decreasing shortness of breath
  • Developing self-reliance and independence
  • Exercise
  • Managing anxiety and depression
  • Managing stress
  • Proper nutrition

Additional educational components include:

  • Basic lung anatomy and physiology
  • Effect of weather
  • Evaluation for supplemental oxygen during exercise and daily living activities
  • Recognizing and responding to signs and symptoms of pulmonary distress
  • Relaxation techniques for better breathing
  • Traveling with oxygen
  • Understanding medications and how to take them properly
  • What you need to know about lung disease

How Do I Enter the Program?

To enter the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, you’ll need a referral from your physician with an appropriate diagnosis, as well as a pulmonary function test.

We will also work with you to schedule a patient entry assessment prior to entering the program. This takes about two hours and includes assessment of the following:

  • Daily life activities
  • Education
  • Lifestyle
  • Medical history
  • Nutrition
  • Physical response to exercise
  • Quality of life
  • Symptoms

Insurance & Contact Information

We recommend checking with your insurance carrier regarding your coverage. The Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Staff will be happy to assist you with insurance questions for either Cardiac Rehabilitation or Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at (847) 535-6570.

We offer a variety of appointment times to best fit our patients' busy schedules. Please call to determine the best appointment time for you.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation


Lake Forest
(847) 535-6570