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Monday, March 22, 2010

Year of the Lung 2010

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is for You!

IRVING, TX – The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) recently joined many other pulmonary organizations in a year-long focus on the lung. Named Year of the Lung, the movement has united partners from across the globe in their mission to educate and promote lung care initiatives.

In celebrating the Year of the Lung, the AARC’s mission in March is to reach out to those who need to know that pulmonary rehabilitation can help them breathe better and improve their quality of life.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise and education where the goal is getting the lung patient active and knowledgeable!

Anyone with lung disease such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and anyone considering lung transplantation should enroll in a pulmonary rehabilitation program. Pulmonary rehab programs allow patients to gradually get back into shape through monitored exercise sessions. Your lung condition is monitored during exercise by the pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, which often consist of respiratory therapists.

Rehab programs also spend a great deal of time teaching their patients about their lung disease. Most programs also have strong support groups.

To enroll in a pulmonary rehab program contact your physician to locate a program in your area. One can generally be found close to your nearest hospital. To find a pulmonary rehab program go to:

Do rehab for you…you will be so happy that you did!

About the AARC

The American Association for Respiratory Care, headquartered in Dallas, is a professional association of respiratory therapists that focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. The organization's goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals as well as supporting respiratory health care providers. The association continues to advocate on behalf of pulmonary patients for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals. Further information about the AARC and how to become a respiratory therapist are available at

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