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Do you avoid activities because of shortness of breath and fatigue? Pulmonary rehabilitation can empower you to be more active, social and independent through exercise and education in a nurturing, safe environment.

The Inova Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is a comprehensive program that meets three times a week for nine weeks. Individual treatment plans are tailored by registered respiratory therapists and exercise physiologists to meet the patient's specific goals.

Who benefits?

Patients who can benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation's medical care are those with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, and patients who are pre- or post- lung transplantation.

The Inova Fairfax Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Program features

  • Assessment
  • Supervised exercise
  • Breathing retraining
  • Coping and relaxation techniques
  • Lung disease education
  • Nutritional consult by a registered dietician

Rehab benefits include:

  • Greater strength and endurance
  • Reduced shortness of breath
  • Less anxiety and depression
  • Increased knowledge about your health
  • Enhanced quality of life

Referral and insurance information

A physician referral is required to enroll. Medicare and most private insurance companies cover pulmonary rehabilitation as a medical benefit. For additional information, call 703-776-3392.

Clinical trials

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital is involved in the following clinical trial: "The NIH Exercise Therapy for Advanced Lung Disease Trials: Response and Adaptation to Aerobic Exercise in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension."   Learn more about clinical trials