We are pleased to include in our service list this new program taking place at the New York Methodist Hospital.

This is a specific treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that addresses exercise intolerance by improving muscle strength and stamina.

The primary goal of this program is to improve the efficiency of the musculoskeletal system so that the lungs are less stressed and can function longer for prolonged periods of time, enabling the patient to walk, exercise and perform regular activities with increased efficiency.

If you are suffering from COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation has been shown to improve three important quality of life aspects for you: exercise capacity, severity of shortness of breath, and health-related quality of life.

This therapy can also help to reduce frequency of hospitalization, cost of care, anxiety and depression and cognitive function.

Rehabilitation is generally safe, although screening for cardiovascular disease is necessary due to the increased risk of a cardiac event while exercising. A physician screening for entry into the program is mandatory.

Individuals who are eligible for pulmonary rehabilitation must undergo an evaluation process including cardiopulmonary exercise testing in order to determine their maximum exercise capacity. In that way, an individual exercise regimen can be established. Testing to follow your progress during therapy is also necessary.