WCCH Celebrates Pulmonary Rehab Week!

March 11, 2014

Wytheville, Virginia – Join Wythe County Community Hospital during AACVPR National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 9–15, to celebrate the benefits pulmonary rehabilitation can provide for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), aims to educate the community about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with chronic lung disease. This year’s theme, “Better Breathing, Better Living,” honors individuals who struggle to overcome shortness of breath and the pulmonary professionals who work every day to alleviate that struggle and improve patients’ everyday life.

“We began a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in October of 2013.  This program is designed to help patients who have impaired physical function from lung disease, specifically COPD (chronic obstructive lung disease). Several patients have already benefited from the two day a week program which includes exercise, education and other techniques to reduce the sensation of shortness of breath,” stated Mark Mustard, Director of Pulmonary Rehab at Wythe County Community Hospital.  

Patients who are limited in their activities of daily living because of shortness of breath may want to ask their physician if they would benefit from enrolling in a pulmonary rehabilitation program.