The pulmonary component is designed to help patients with lung-related diseases. These include asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, or lung cancer. In other words, cardiopulmonary rehab is not only for those who have suffered a heart attack.
As with other forms of rehab, the program helps patients make pro-health lifestyles choices. These may include avoidance of alcohol, giving up smoking, and/or dietary changes. Risk factors for cardiopulmonary problems include obesity, diabetes, stress, and high levels of bad cholesterol. That’s why education is a key part of any cardiopulmonary rehab program.