Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Baptist Health Louisville helps you return to and maintain health through diet, exercise and stress control.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is divided into phases:

Phase I

  • Exercise and education phase that begins at orientation.
  • Receive an exercise prescription tailored to your needs.
  • Learn about:
    • Your lungs and lung conditions.
    • Healthy eating.
    • Stress management.

Phase II

  • Monitored exercise, diet consultation, education and counseling phase.
  • Start your program after orientation.
  • Do three monitored exercise sessions each week for eight weeks.

Phase III

  • For those who need more help maintaining an exercise schedule.
  • Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Spouses may participate with their physician's permission.
  • Not covered by health insurance.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Baptist Hospital offers a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program designed to help people suffering from chronic lung problems (such as COPD, asthma and lung transplants) breathe easier.

Components of the program include:

  • Monitored exercise on a treadmill (both heart and oxygen saturation are monitored).
  • Breathing exercises.
  • Education on the disease process, medical therapy, nutrition, breathing techniques and better body mechanics.

Patients in the program come to the hospital at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

What You Need to Know

  • Warm up. Before you exercise, perform warm-up exercises and stretch to prepare for walking or riding a bike. Warming up helps to prevent injury and raises your heart level for exercise.
  • Exercise at a comfortable pace. Follow your individual exercise program to avoid injury and overexertion. Exercise only when staff members are present. Your program may include a treadmill, stationary bicycle, Airdyne bicycles and arm ergometer. Staff members provide instructions about equipment use.
  • Cool down after exercise. Stretch to prevent cramping and increase your flexibility.
  • Physician referral is required.