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Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, North Carolina

Medical Director

Eusebio Desuyo, MD, MBA, MPH
Board-Certified in Pulmonary Medicine & Sleep Medicine
Cardiac Rehabilitation Training (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Training (American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society, Beth Israel Medical Center-New York and others)

Rehabilitation Clinic Staff

Shandra Benavidez, LPN
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse
Cardiac Rehabilitation Training (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Training (American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation)

Julie Page, RN

Registered Nurse- Telemetry Unit/ IMCU
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Nurse

Teresa S. McArthur, MS,RD,CDE,LDN

Clinical Registered Dietitian
Certified Diabetes Educator
Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, East Carolina University, 2010

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

This is a nine-week program (total of 36 one-hour sessions; one session every

Monday and Wednesday and two sessions Friday) and may extend additional 36 sessions if medically necessary. This session will involve education and exercise training, which is medically supervised and monitored in order to improve  the patient's exercise tolerance, functional capacity and breathing.

Our program is primarily intended for:  

  • Severe (or GOLD criteria class 3) COPD (with FEV1 =30 - 50% predicted and FEV1/FVC ratio of less than 70 % predicted)
  • Very severe (or end-stage or GOLD criteria class 4) COPD (with FEV1 less than 30% predicted and FEV1/FVC ratio of less than 70% predicted)
  • Severely symptomatic moderate (or GOLD class 2) COPD (with FEV1 less than 80% 
  • and greater than 50% predicted
  • Severe interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis and/or severe chronic lung disease

Education sessions include the following topics:

  • Introduction to Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Lung Anatomy & Physiology, and Pathophysiology of COPD
  • Pharmacology - Medications used in COPD, indications, effects, side effects and possible drug-to-drug interactions
  • Breathing Exercises and Coughing Techniques and Use of Incentive Spirometry
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Exercise
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Mental Health, Stress Reduction Techniques and Relaxation Techniques
  • Staying Well and Avoiding/ Preventing Infections
  • Travel
  • Sexuality
  • Caregiver
  • Sleep & Health
  • Other topics as necessary

Exercise training includes strength and endurance muscle training exercises involving lower extremities, upper extremities and respiratory muscles and relaxation training. Oxygen therapy may be provided as needed during this training.

Generally, one-hour sessions are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps patients (AACVPR statements):

  • Experience less difficulty with breathing
  • Increase muscle strength and endurance
  • Improve their ability to cope with daily activities
  • Understand how to use medications and oxygen appropriately
  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce hospitalizations
Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, North Carolina

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