Pulmonary Rehab

"I had approached the program (Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program) with some reluctance, concerned that it would be very demanding. On the contrary, it was a comfortably paced and carefully planned for me personally. Each week I received helpful medical information and exercises selected to meet our goals. The quality of the program is exceeded only by the staff...always helpful and encouraging, most knowledgeable."

Jeffrey, July 2012

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at CAARD is an educational and exercise program created for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, or obstructive sleep apnea; and is designed to improve your quality of life by reducing shortness of breath, increasing exercise tolerance, decreasing anxiety surrounding being active, and promoting a sense of overall well-being. A highly trained exercise physiologist runs each exercise session. The overall program is supervised by Dr. Windt. This program has been successfully running since 2010.

Our primary goal is to enable you to achieve and maintain your maximum level of independence and functioning in order to keep an active lifestyle. To achieve this objective we design specific exercises based on individual physical abilities and personal goals. Our staff makes sure to talk with each patient about their goals and expectations for the program (to minimize personal anxiety and) to provide the utmost in individual attention. A fitness assessment and quality of life questionnaires are taken before and after the program in order to track your progress. A fitness assessment includes testing your cholesterol, oxygen levels, blood sugar, strength, body composition, and balance ability. During the program we continuously monitor your oxygen, blood pressure and heart rate while exercising to ensure maximum safety.

"When I set out on my 8 week pulmonary rehabilitation journey with Sarah Gapp at Dr. Windt's suggestion, I was very skeptical. Not being one who liked to exercise, I probably tried Sarah's patience, but I did as I was told. That first day I could only stay on the treadmill for 6 minutes and 12 minutes on the bike. Seven weeks later I could do 15 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the bike. I was even inspired to get a bike for home so I could continue the exercise program on my own. The difference in my breathing is the best result of the hard work. I can now do things that I couldn't before without stopping and catching my breath or using my emergency inhaler. My quality of life is so much improved and I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given and I heartily recommend it for anyone with a breathing issue. If I could complete the program at 77 years of age, I believe anyone can. Thank you Sarah."

Bee Jay Gallant


Our program runs for approximately one hour each week for eight consecutive weeks. Each session focuses on a different topic such as nutrition, balance training, controlled breathing techniques, mobility training and stress management tools. Even though each session focuses on a different topic, every session incorporates cardiovascular and strength training exercises. Cardiovascular exercise means getting your heart rate to a level high enough to improve your endurance and the function of your heart and lungs. Examples of cardiovascular exercises used in the program are: treadmill walking, riding an upright bike, and chair exercises. Examples of strength training include the use of an exercise ball, tubing and bands as well as free weights.

We are very committed to our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, and we strongly believe it is beneficial to our patients. We encourage everyone who is interested to have the opportunity to be a part of this groundbreaking endeavor. Our outcome measurements since the program started have shown significant success with our participants.



Pulmonary Rehab

"I had approached the program (Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program) with some reluctance, concerned that it would be very demanding. On the contrary, it was a comfortably paced and carefully planned for me personally. Each week I received helpful medical information and exercises selected to meet our goals. The quality of the program is exceeded only by the staff...always helpful and encouraging, most knowledgeable."

Jeffrey, July 2012

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at CAARD is an educational and exercise program created for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, or obstructive sleep apnea; and is designed to improve your quality of life by reducing shortness of breath, increasing exercise tolerance, decreasing anxiety surrounding being active, and promoting a sense of overall well-being. A highly trained exercise physiologist runs each exercise session. The overall program is supervised by Dr. Windt. This program has been successfully running since 2010.

Our primary goal is to enable you to achieve and maintain your maximum level of independence and functioning in order to keep an active lifestyle. To achieve this objective we design specific exercises based on individual physical abilities and personal goals. Our staff makes sure to talk with each patient about their goals and expectations for the program (to minimize personal anxiety and) to provide the utmost in individual attention. A fitness assessment and quality of life questionnaires are taken before and after the program in order to track your progress. A fitness assessment includes testing your cholesterol, oxygen levels, blood sugar, strength, body composition, and balance ability. During the program we continuously monitor your oxygen, blood pressure and heart rate while exercising to ensure maximum safety.

Our program runs for approximately one hour each week for eight consecutive weeks. Each session focuses on a different topic such as nutrition, balance training, controlled breathing techniques, mobility training and stress management tools. Even though each session focuses on a different topic, every session incorporates cardiovascular and strength training exercises. Cardiovascular exercise means getting your heart rate to a level high enough to improve your endurance and the function of your heart and lungs. Examples of cardiovascular exercises used in the program are: treadmill walking, riding an upright bike, and chair exercises. Examples of strength training include the use of an exercise ball, tubing and bands as well as free weights.

We are very committed to our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, and we strongly believe it is beneficial to our patients. We encourage everyone who is interested to have the opportunity to be a part of this groundbreaking endeavor. Our outcome measurements since the program started have shown significant success with our participants.



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