Northern Westchester Hospital

About Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Our pulmonary specialists work with you to develop rehabilitation program that meets your specific health needs.  Pulmonary rehab services are provided to both adults and children 7 years and older.

Through a structured and individualized plan of care, you will learn how to manage your existing condition while participating in a medically supervised health and fitness program designed to help improve your overall ability to breathe.

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Effective Pulmonary Rehabilitation Close to Home

Pulmonary Rehab for Adults Pulmonary Rehab for Children

The NWH pulmonary rehabilitation program is designed to help you:

  •  Understand and manage your current condition
  •  Gradually improve your respiratory output and endurance
  •  Improve your quality of life and regain independence
  •  Increase your overall self esteem 

We treat people with these common conditions:

  • Smokers / Ex-Smokers
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Coughing
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Restrictive Lung Disease
  • Lung Transplantation Candidates and Post-transplantation

Our Services Offered:

  • Complete Pulmonary Function Test
  • Methacholine Challenge Test
  • Aridol Challenge Test
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Stress Test
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Exercise Induces Asthma Testing
  • Six-Minute Walk Test
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Inspiratory / Expiratory Muscle Testing


Assessing Your Condition

The NWH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program begins with a series of assessments by our medical specialists to evaluate your current physical and nutritional health. This information enables our team to customize a fitness and nutrition program that matches a your specific needs.

Pulmonary Function Lab

Pulmonary Function Lab is staffed by Respiratory Therapists and registered Pulmonary Function Technologists.  To schedule a test, contact the Pulmonary Function Lab at 914.458.8762 or 914.458.8700

All Testing is carried out under the direction of a board-certified pulmonologist, who also interprets the results of the various pulmonary function tests.

Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) are used to diagnose the cause and severity of breathing disorders. PFTs help the doctor evaluate conditions such as shortness of breath, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and emphysema. These tests may also be used to determine whether specific therapy (for example bronchodialators) will be helpful in treating your lung condition.

Pulmonary Function Tests include:

  • Arterial Blood Gas Testing
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Spirometry (pre and post Bronchodiolator)
  • Diffusion Capacity Testing
  • Lung Volume Measurement
  • Airway Resistance
  • Flow- Volume Loops
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Methacholine Challenge Test
  • Maximum Breathing Capacity
  • Exercise Induced Asthma Testing
  • Oxygen Testing (Rest and Exercise)
  • Cold Air Exercise Test
  • Dry Air Exercise Test
  • Preparation for Pulmonary Function Tests:

Specific Instructions will be given to you when you schedule your test.

Your Program

You will participate in a 12-week exercise program consisting of three 1-hour sessions per week. Additional sessions may include nutritional and stress management counseling. Throughout the program, you are closely monitored and evaluated to ensure a safe and effective exercise progression. The last session will include a re-evaluation component to measure the progress you made throughout the program.

Maintaining Your Progress

Once the initial program objectives are met, we will provide you with a maintenance exercise program that helps you continue your physical activity independently at home or at the exercise facility you choose.  You will be invited back for periodic evaluations of your progress. Your program is modified as you improve and periodic reports are made available to your physician, so he or she can monitor your progress.


Recognized by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

NWH was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Our Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at NWH at Chappaqua Crossing in New York is designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g. heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, etc.) and pulmonary problems (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – COPD, respiratory symptoms, etc.) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

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