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Most of us take breathing for granted. Like the beating of the heart, breathing happens automatically. However, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing or too much mucus in the lungs increases breathing difficulty. Our team helps patients take control of their breathing with comprehensive and individualized programs.

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Support for Patients and Families

Our highly qualified and experienced pulmonary rehabilitation staff members are specifically trained to assist you and your family by offering:

Blood Pressure Monitoring
Oxygen Saturation Monitoring
Breathing Retraining Instruction
Dietary Counseling
Exercise Instruction
Lung Hygiene Education
Relaxation/Stress Management Counseling
Smoking Cessation Education
Maintenance Program

Who Can Participate?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is beneficial to patients with the following:

Chronic Asthma
Chronic Bronchitis
Cystic Fibrosis
Pulmonary Fibrosis
Reactive Airways Disease

Ask your primary care physician, internist or pulmonologist about participating in our outpatient
pulmonary rehabilitation program. Our team will work closely with your physician and upgrade
activities with their approval.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Benefits

Reduction in panic and anxiety attacks caused by shortness of breath
Improved ability to cope with stress and lifestyle changes
Increased awareness of your own body
Confidence in resuming activities

Reduction of shortness of breath during exertion
Increased work capacity
Improved efficiency of heart and lungs
Improved muscle tone and upper body strength

Patient and Family:
Improved quality of life
Learning to exercise safely
Learning proper nutrition
Learning about medications’ uses and effects

What To Expect
Our specially trained staff will upgrade your activity and teach purse lip and diaphragmatic breathing techniques to reduce shortness of breath. Your oxygen saturation, heart rate and blood pressure are monitored during exercise.

In a group or one-on-one, patients are encouraged to communicate and share everyday lifestyle challenges. In addition, our staff offers educational materials to guide your activities and will help you set realistic goals essential to maintaining independence.

Upon program completion, your physician(s) will receive your final progress report. We also offer an exercise maintenance program to encourage long-term benefits in your cardiopulmonary status.

Pulmonary rehabilitation services are available at the following Sentara locations:

Independence - Virginia Beach
Hilltop - Virginia Beach
Indian River - Virginia Beach
Sentara CarePlex Hospital - Hampton
Sentara Obici Rehab Services - Suffolk 
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation Services


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