Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Sentara Heart: Our Approach to Care

At Sentara Heart, our experienced and caring teams of doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists and respiratory therapists will help you take control of your breathing, reduce your anxiety, maintain your independence and become more active.

When you come to Sentara Heart, you will find care that’s:

  • Advanced: Our team of expert nurses, respiratory therapists and exercise physiologists, under the direction of a pulmonologist, uses the latest technology, clinical techniques, and evidence-based practices to develop an individualize rehabilitation plan for you.
  • Comprehensive: We combine education and exercise to provide patients with a treatment plan that works. Our team will teach you about your condition and develop an individualized exercise routine for you, helping you manage your symptoms and feel better faster.
  • Compassionate: We take the time to get to know you, understand your condition, learn your goals and meet your needs. When you come in for each pulmonary rehab session, you will see familiar faces that understand your health situation and that are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

Help for Many Lung Conditions and Diseases

Pulmonary rehabilitation can help improve the quality of life for people with a variety of lung conditions and diseases. Ask your doctor if you would benefit from our program. Some of the most common conditions we see are:

  • What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

    If you have a lung condition, such as COPD, that causes shortness of breath, your doctor may recommend pulmonary rehabilitation as a possible treatment.

    Pulmonary rehabilitation is comprehensive program designed to reduce shortness of breath and anxiety and increase muscle strength and endurance through:

    • Supervised and monitored exercise
    • Individual and group instruction and education
    • Breathing techniques
    • Anxiety reduction strategies

    After we create your individual rehabilitation plan, each rehab session will take about an hour. It will include a combination of individual instruction, discussion, circuit training and weight training designed to maximize the benefit to you. Our programs typically involve:

    • 2 or 3 one-hour sessions a week
    • 3 or 4 months in duration
  • Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    For some people playing golf again may be a reasonable goal while for others walking to the mailbox or shopping at a store is enough to allow them to live independently. Whatever your goal, we will help you get there. Some of the typical benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation may include:

    • Fewer panic attacks and less anxiety
    • Better muscle tone and endurance
    • Increased heart and lung health
    • Shorter hospital stays
    • Greater independence and flexibility
    • Longer work and activity capacity
    • More confidence in your abilities
    • Improved quality of life
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Locations

    Sentara Albemarle Medical Center
    1144 North Road St.
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909

    Sentara CarePlex Hospital
    4000 Coliseum Drive, Suite 120
    Hampton, VA 23666

    Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
    2204 Wilborn Ave.
    South Boston, VA 24592

    Sentara Heart Hospital
    600 Gresham Drive
    Norfolk, VA 23507

    Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
    590 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 200
    Charlottesville, VA 22911

    Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
    2300 Opitz Blvd.
    Woodbridge, VA 22191

    Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
    2025 Glenn Mitchell Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    Sentara RMH Medical Center
    2010 Health Campus Drive
    Harrisonburg, VA 22801

    Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
    100 Sentara Circle
    Williamsburg, VA 23188

    For additional information about pulmonary rehabilitation call 1-800-SENTARA.