Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The New Heart Center for Fitness and Wellness offers a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program of care designed at an individual level. This pulmonary rehab program provides a safe and healing place for individuals with a wide variety of chronic pulmonary problems to help increase overall quality of life.

“Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive intervention based on a thorough patient assessment followed by patient-tailored therapies, which include, but are not limited to, exercise training, education and behavior change, designed to improve the physical and emotional condition of people with chronic respiratory disease and to promote the long-term adherence of health-enhancing behaviors.” -American Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) Task Force

It is common for patients with chronic pulmonary problems to fall into a cycle of inactivity, depression, and social isolation that can cause a number of other health concerns. This new Pulmonary Rehabilitation program aims to break this cycle and give support, guidance, and pulmonary education to help patients live a better daily life.

The program is designed to provide an individualized program under a supportive team of exercise, nutrition, and pulmonary health specialists. Oxygen will be provided with the program.

Benefits of the program include:

• Improved quality of life
• Reduced respiratory symptoms (e.g., dyspnea)
• Increased exercise tolerance and performance
• Enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs)
• Increased knowledge of pulmonary disease and its management

Pulmonary Rehabilitation at New Heart consists of:

Program Overview


  • Individualized exercise program
  • Physician supervised with oxygen monitoring
  • 36 sessions, 3 times per week
  • Aerobic exercise with strength training


  • Weight management
  • Healthy diet and lifestyle tips

Living with Lung Disease:

  • COPD action plan
  • Support groups
  • Stress management


  • Understanding oxygen use and Inhaler use
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Anatomy and physiology of the lungs

Program Goals

  • Control symptoms of pulmonary disease.
  • Improve ability to perform activities of daily living.
  • Reduce hospitalizations and flare up’s.
  • Detect and prevent complications of pulmonary disease.
  • Reduce shortness of breath
  • Improve overall quality of life.

Program Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:00 am –  5:00 pm by appointment


Pulmonary Rehabilitation is covered by most insurance. Depending on the insurance plan, there may or may not be a co-payment.

Contact Information

A pulmonary function test is required to qualify for the program. A new pulmonary function test may be requested, depending on how old the last results are. Ask your doctor to send the referral to: 

Jordan Scoby, E.P.  – Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator

Phone: (505) 881-8195 /// FAX: (505) 830-4975

Email: referrals@newheartnm.com

Who benefits from pulmonary rehabilitation?

Any person with a chronic lung disease might benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation. These programs are individualized and include assessment, patient education, exercise training,, psychological assistance, and information on disease prevention.

Anyone with respiratory illness including:

-COPD (emphysema, chronic bronchitis)




-Pulmonary fibrosis

-Pulmonary hypertension

-Pre- and post-lung transplantation

-Lung cancer and post lung cancer surgery

-Lung volume reduction surgery

-Other pulmonary conditions

What are the goals?

The goal is to achieve the highest possible level of independent functioning by helping patients to:

-Improve overall quality of life

-Reduce  shortness of breath and gain control of symptoms

-Increase activity through exercise training

-Become more involved in activities of daily living

-Reduce flare-ups and the need for hospitalizations

-Understand how to use medications and oxygen appropriately

-Participate in social and recreational activities

What does pulmonary rehabilitation involve?

-An initial assessment provided by a cardiologist and pulmonary rehabilitation specialist.

-An education and exercise program is developed for each individual patient.

-Endurance training is achieved utilizing state-of-the-art exercise equipment including a walking track, stationary bicycles, treadmills, arm ergometers and weights. We have equipment that can accommodate all fitness levels and capabilities.

-Oxygen monitoring and exercises overseen by exercise specialist.

-Comprehensive education is provided by trained staff to help patient’s learn to manage their respiratory condition.

-A low cost maintenance exercise program is also available after completing the initial 36 sessions.

Why should I exercise?

Regular exercise has many benefits. Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, can:

-Improve your circulation and help the body better use oxygen

-Improve your COPD symptoms

-Build energy levels so you can do more activities without becoming tired or short of breath

-Strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system

-Increase endurance

-Lower blood pressure

-Improve muscle tone and strength; improve balance and joint flexibility

-Strengthen bones

-Help reduce body fat and help you reach a healthy weight

-Help reduce stress, tension, anxiety, and depression

-Boost self-image and self-esteem; make you look fit and feel healthy

-Improve sleep

-Make you feel more relaxed and rested

Before entering the program, each participant must have a prescription from their physician and a recent pulmonary function test. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a reimbursable service through Medicare and most insurance companies.

How long is the program?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is usually done 3 times/week for 12 weeks. Sessions last for 1 hour.

Who are the members of the team?

The New Heart team includes a cardiologist, pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator, exercise specialists, nutrition specialists, and life coaches.

What type of exercise should I expect?

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs tailor the exercise with the individual patient’s needs in mind. Expect to participate in aerobic exercises such as walking or stationary bicycle, strength training exercise, and breathing retraining.

What will I learn about my lung disease?

Self management education is a focus of pulmonary rehabilitation. Some common topics include:

-Medications and inhaler techniques

-Understanding lung disease

-Living and coping with chronic illness

-Preventing and managing lung infections

-Stress management and relaxation exercises

-Oxygen equipment and travel with oxygen

-Nutrition and health