Pulmonary rehab suggested for recovering COVID-19 patients…


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Morgantown, W.Va. – The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Departments at Mon Well being proceed to make a distinction within the lives of pulmonary sufferers, particularly these recovering from COVID-19.

Dr. Allison Cihla, Pulmonologist and Medical Director of the Pulmonology Division at Mon Well being Preston Memorial Hospital has been treating recovering COVID-19 sufferers in her workplace and within the Pulmonary Rehab Division.

“Patients recovering from COVID-19 can experience significant respiratory symptoms. We are unsure of the long-term consequences on the lungs and pulmonary function,” Dr. Cihla mentioned. “Pulmonary rehabilitation helps these patients manage their symptoms and allows them to gain back some control of their lives.”

COVID-19 impacts many organs within the affected person’s physique, however probably the most distinguished harm is to the lungs. The kind of pneumonia usually related to COVID-19 could cause long-standing harm to the tiny air sacs within the lungs. The ensuing scar tissue can result in long-term respiratory issues.

Kristi Gannon, Nurse Supervisor of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Division at Mon Well being Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital explains that even after restoration, COVID-19 sufferers could have a persistent shortness of breath, dry cough, or different unwanted side effects. Those that needed to be positioned on a ventilator could have extra extreme signs. A pulmonary analysis and rehabilitation will help with the affected person’s restoration.

“Our pulmonary rehabilitation provides a comprehensive approach to patient care. It includes education about pulmonary diseases, lifestyle changes, incorporation of mild physical activity, and handling the psychological effects of a patient’s condition. All of this is even more important for our COVID-19 patients,” mentioned Gannon.

The pulmonary program can vary from eight to 12 weeks. Throughout that point, every affected person will endure one-on-one, supervised train remedy to enhance respiratory muscle conditioning, respiratory retraining and cardiovascular health. Train shall be tailor-made to the affected person’s particular wants and talents. Sorts of train could embrace strolling, stair climbing, equipment-based cardio train, stretching maneuvers, power conditioning and respiratory muscle coaching.

“As in any recovery, other helpful strategies will help the patient recover sooner. Eating healthy, getting plenty of rest, avoiding smoking and vaping, and exercising can give the patient a new lease on life,” Gannon famous. “Pulmonary rehab improves the quality of life for our patients. Our program is nationally certified.”

“Pulmonary rehab is very beneficial for patients with pulmonary impairment,” mentioned Dr. Roger Abrahams, Pulmonologist at Mon Well being Pulmonary Care. “Pulmonary rehab will not only improve your lung function or lung function test, but it will improve your exercise capacity and reduce your shortness of breath as well as the anxiety associated with shortness of breath. I have referred many patients to pulmonary rehab over the years and it is rare for a patient to tell me they did not benefit from the program. After a pulmonary rehab program, a patient should be able to engage in more physical activity than before the program.”

To be taught extra in regards to the pulmonary rehabilitation packages at Mon Well being, go to Mon Well being Medical Heart, Mon Well being Preston Memorial Hospital, and Mon Well being Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.


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