Year of the Lung 2010
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is for You!
, TX – The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) recently
joined many other pulmonary organizations in a year-long focus on the
lung. Named Year of the Lung, the movement has united partners from
across the globe in their mission to educate and promote lung care initiatives.
In celebrating the Year of the
Lung, the AARC's mission in March is to reach out to those who need
to know that pulmonary rehabilitation can help them breathe better and
improve their quality of life.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a
program of exercise and education where the goal is getting the lung
patient active and knowledgeable
Anyone with lung disease such
as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis, emphysema, chronic bronchitis
and anyone considering lung transplantation should enroll in a pulmonary
rehabilitation program. Pulmonary rehab programs allow patients to gradually
get back into shape through monitored exercise sessions. Your lung condition
is monitored during exercise by the pulmonary rehabilitation specialists,
which often consist of respiratory therapists.
Rehab programs also spend a great
deal of time teaching their patients about their lung disease. Most
programs also have strong support groups.
To enroll in a pulmonary rehab
program contact your physician to locate a program in your area. One
can generally be found close to your nearest hospital. To find a pulmonary
rehab program go to: http://www.yourlunghealth.org/finding_care/qrc/pulm_care/
Do rehab for you…you will be
so happy that you did!
About the AARC
The American Association for
Respiratory Care, headquartered in Dallas , is a professional association
of respiratory therapists that focuses primarily on respiratory therapy
education and research. The organization's goals are to ensure that
respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified
professionals as well as supporting respiratory health care providers.
The association continues to advocate on behalf of pulmonary patients
for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified
professionals. Further information about the AARC and how to become
a respiratory therapist are available at www.AARC.org