Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Who Can Benefit
Patients living with lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are candidates for our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Two of the most common diagnoses of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Other patients who can benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation include those with asthma, interstitial fibrosis, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, chest wall diseases, neuromuscular disorders, a lung resection, a lung transplant, a lung volume reduction, or cancer.

How We Can Help
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is the only service of its kind in the entire San Gabriel Valley. It is a 6-week program designed to help patients manage their symptoms, improve tolerance to their activities of daily living, reduce hospitalizations, and improve their overall health condition and long-term outlook. The rehabilitation team and referring physician work together to provide a program tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient.

Components of the program include:

  • Development of an appropriate exercise program
  • Instruction in the use of breathing medications (bronchodilators, steroids, supplemental oxygen)
  • Breathing retraining
  • Instruction in energy conservation and pacing techniques
  • Instruction in airway clearance
  • Education in anxiety reducing techniques to help control shortness of breath
  • Education in nutrition
  • Instruction in early recognition of signs and symptoms of respiratory infections

After completing the program, patients demonstrate an improvement in their activity/exercise tolerance and management of their disease. A maintenance exercise program is also offered to help patients maintain their level of fitness.

Types of Conditions Treated

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Restrictive Lung Disease
  • Chest Wall Disease
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Interstitial Fibrosis
  • Lung Resection
  • Lung Volume Reduction
  • Lung Transplant

Breath Savers Support and Education Group

Breath Savers provides health education, personal contact and social involvement to help members share the challenges and victories inherent in living with lung disease. Family, friends and those who wish to learn more about lung disease are also invited to join Breath Savers.

Monthly meetings are held in the Conference Center at Citrus Valley Medical Center -- Inter-Community Campus. Lunch is from noon to 1 p.m., followed by an informative hour-long program. The program is free, but there is a $7 charge if you join the group for lunch.

Learn more about Breath Savers