Heart and Lung Rehabilitation - Therapeutic Experience

Senior man rehabbing his heartFor patients with lung cancer, breathing can be a challenge. That’s why Owensboro Health has a heart and lung rehab facility, with staff trained and dedicated to helping patients with respiratory problems.

Located on the fourth floor of the Ford Medical Building, adjacent to the Owensboro Health Healthpark on Ford Avenue, Heart and Lung Rehab looks a lot like a small exercise gym, complete with treadmills and other fitness equipment. More important than the equipment is the staff, which includes four nurses and an exercise physiologist.

Heart and lung rehab can be used before and after surgeries, especially in the case of lung cancer.

Genny Johnson, RN Nursing Supervisor states, “Either before or after surgery, it’s going to build up their strength, being able to cough and breathe deep before surgery can make a big difference. After surgery, you need to slowly build yourself back up.”

In addition to the health benefits, Johnson said they see other improvements in the patients.

“Some of the lung patients are pretty down.” Johnson said. “We get them in here and they seem to perk up, especially seeing other patients that are like them. Then they hate to leave us.”

"We build them up by exercising them and teaching them a better way to breathe to get more oxygen into their body. We also do education, teaching them about how to manage their breathing issues, such as COPD, said Johnson, RN.

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Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center - 270-688-3600 or toll-free at 800-947-7102

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Outpatient Infusion - 270-688-3630

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Cancer Screening - 270-417-7641

Lung Cancer Screening Program - 270-417-7641

Clinical Trials - 270-688-1938

Oncology Education - 270-688-3619

Director of Cancer Services - 270-688-3640

Cancer Registry - 270-688-3636

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