Learn strategies for managing lung disease
September 16, 2013
Here in western Colorado a glance out the window could take your breath away. But it should be the scenery, not the walk to the window, that leaves you gasping. Unfortunately, for people with chronic lung disease, every step can be a struggle. St. Mary’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation services and St. Mary’s Lung and Sleep Center can help people with lung disease get better control of their breathing and live more active, healthy lives.
Pulmonary rehab starts for some patients while they are hospitalized, explains James Thompson, MD, pulmonologist. St. Mary’s also offers outpatient rehab and a maintenance program for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, and other lung conditions.
If you have difficulty breathing and tire easily, exercise may seem like a bad idea, but it’s really one of the best. “And exercise and good nutrition work hand in hand. What, when, and how you eat, also play a role in living your healthiest life with lung disease,” Thompson says. The proper diet and the right exercise will keep muscles strong and heart and lungs well supplied with oxygen.
Western Colorado Lung Health Conference
Saturday, September 28
8:00 am–3:30 pm
St. Mary’s Hospital
Saccomanno Education Center, Fifth Floor
A day of information for people with lung disease and their loved ones and caregivers.
$10 per person; $15 per couple; includes lunch
For more info, call Sally at 298-2492 or Paul at 298-6040.
Register at www.colosrc.org. Click on September 28, Western Colorado Lung Conference under Events.
• James Thompson, MD, pulmonologist
• Robert McCoy, RRT, managing director, Valley Inspired Products
• Tyson Lockhart, respiratory therapist
• Jeff Thompson, occupational therapist
Topics to include:
• Portable oxygen systems and mobility
• Obstructive vs. restrictive lung disease
• Activity: Tai Chi