Pulmonary rehab for COPD

Don’t let breathing issues hold you back

Pulmonary rehab for people with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is caused by years of damage to the lungs, often from smoking, but also from exposure to dust, pollution, and environmental chemicals..

If you’re having trouble breathing, it can affect your daily life. There may also be times when your breathing and coughing symptoms suddenly get worse. These are known as exacerbations or flare-ups.

Pulmonary rehabilitation can help you to breathe better, control symptoms more effectively, and can prevent future flare-ups. That way you can live your life to its fullest.

What is pulmonary rehab?

Pulmonary rehab includes exercise, education, and support to help you learn to breathe your best. Over an 8-week period, you’ll work with a team of healthcare professionals who will help you manage your COPD.

How does it help?

Pulmonary rehab helps you breathe better and more easily by:

  • Teaching you about flare-up triggers, early signs of infection and when to seek treatment
  • Showing you breathing techniques to help with daily symptoms
  • Offering a professional partner to help you exercise, including both cardio and strength training
  • Sharing information on treatment options and medicines like inhalers and oxygen therapy
  • Providing tips on healthy choices like eating well and quitting smoking

Should pulmonary rehab be your next step?

If you feel you or a loved one may be at risk of COPD due to breathing problems, take Humana’s quick quiz.

The results will suggest if you should see your doctor for a full breathing test. If you’re diagnosed with COPD, your doctor can help decide if pulmonary rehab is the right step.

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Breathe better. Live better.

Pulmonary rehab will not reverse the damage to your lungs from COPD. But it can help you feel better and make it easier to do daily activities such as dressing, shopping, walking, or spending time with loved ones. COPD affects different people differently. Only you and your healthcare team can decide on the pulmonary rehabilitation approach that’s right for you.

If you have COPD, check your healthcare benefits to see if your plan covers pulmonary rehab. Sign into MyHumana.com to review your plan details.

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