Benefits of participation:
  • Increased ability to exercise
  • Decreased shortness of breath
  • Greater independence and self-reliance
  • Less need for oxygen
  • Less hospitalization
  • Improved overall quality of life
Pulmonary Rehabitation Program
Studies show that those with chronic lung disease who complete a pulmonary rehabilitation program experience a decrease in pulmonary symptoms, hospital and emergency room visits and lead a more active lifestyle.
  
It is important that patients with lung conditions be enrolled in a pulmonary rehabilitation program as early in their illness as possible.  Early detection and treatment of pulmonary ailments can lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life.
  
The primary goal of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Hi-Desert medical Center is to restore patients with chronic lung disease to the highest possible level of independent function.  Patients learn about proper breathing technigues, effective use of medication, pulmonary relaxation and controlling symtpoms.
  
Located in the Hi-Desert Medical Center, the program is individualized to meet each patient's specific needs.  Patients benefit from combining respiratory therapy, physical exercise and health and dietary education under the medical direction of a board-certified physician.  Ayad Gharghoury, M.D. is the medical director of this program (Shown here at the clinic). 
  
WHO BENEFITS FROM PARTICIPATION?
Anyone who no longer smokes who experiences shortness of breath with exertion is a candidate for the Hi-Desert Medical Center's Pulmonary Rehabilitation program.  those with COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation.
  
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Hi-Desert Medical Center's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is covered by most insurances.  Contact your physician to obtain a medical referral and get started by call 760-366-6124. 
  
Continuing a regular exercise routine after completion of the eight-week program is key to maintaining a good pulmonary health.  Hi-Desert Medical Center offers a monthly "Better Breathers" support group that meets the first Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. in the Helen Gray Education Center.
  
to learn moare about the pulmonary rehabilitation program Medical Director, Ayad Gharghoury, M.D.