Pulmonary Rehab aims to educate people on lung health and to equip them with exercises that promote the same
Most of the time we barely notice how we breathe. The process of inhalation and exhalation is so natural and familiar that we live most of our life, without even realising we are constantly doing it. Only when we do strenuous activity, which makes us gasp for breath do we feel the heaving of our chest and the need to breathe. However, for some people breathing can be a strenuous activity. Older people with weakened systems, individuals who are exposed to air pollution and those with chronic lung diseases, often need to put extra effort into breathing. These people can benefit from breathing exercises, which help increase lung capacity.
Individuals with chronic lung diseases that lead to episodes of breathlessness quite frequently, can benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation. These patients are unable to perform daily tasks because of shortness of breath. Pulmonary Rehab aims to educate people on lung health and to equip them with exercises that promote the same. Skills learned in Pulmonary Rehab help patients manage their chronic lung disease such as COPD, thereby improving the overall quality of life. Patients who have sustained lung damages due to COVID 19 may also benefit from breathing exercises.
BENEFITS OF BREATHING EXERCISES
SIMPLE BREATHING EXERCISES
Brisk walking, monitored treadmill workout, biking, and lifting weights help improve lung function. People with lung disease and breathing trouble tend to avoid working out because it makes breathing difficult. With time, exercising improves lung capacity and lung health and you will notice that you do not gasp for breath as much as you did before.
LIFESTYLE CHOICES THAT PROTECT YOUR LUNGS:
LUNG CANCER SCREENING
Those who fall in the high risk category must be screened for lung cancer at the earliest. Screening is done even before symptoms are visible, so as to catch the disease in its nascent stage. The sooner the cancer is detected, the better are the chances to treat the disease successfully. The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT).
Lung Cancer Screening can be carried out for:
LUNG CANCER PREVENTION
CONSULTANT – PULMONOLOGY
MBBS, MD (Respiratory Medicine), DNB (Pulmonary Medicine)