The aim of National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week from March 8-14, 2015 is to highlight the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in improving the quality of life of people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is the sponsor of this week long celebration.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 15% Americans age 40-79 suffer from some form of lung obstruction (mainly asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Over the past decade, pulmonary rehabilitation has evolved as mainstream treatment approach for chronic lung diseases. These programs integrate physical exercises with lifestyle modifications, healthy diet, nutrition counseling and behavioral health services to help patients recover quickly from progressive lung conditions.
The theme of the 2015 campaign is – "Pulmonary Rehabilitation: The Results Will Blow You Away". The event will be celebrated across the nation at hospitals, exercise facilities, specialty healthcare centers and outpatient rehabilitation centers which will host health fairs, seminars and other events to discuss health, lungs, fitness, and related topics.
National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week highlights the need for greater visibility for COPD patients who constantly live with shortness of breath and other respiratory infections. The program aims to draws attention to the need to follow a lifestyle incorporating regular exercise and healthy eating habits. It also stresses the importance of smoking cessation programs as smoking is the main cause of COPD.