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Rehab for a Better Life

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For patients dealing with serious heart or lung issues, there's a place that helps them rebuild their lives.

In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge tells us about Cardiopulmonary Rehab.

Burt Olson of Minot was a smoker for 50 years, and a few years ago his lungs had suffered so much damage, he could barely breath.

 

Burt Olson Former smoker, "it was very scary"

Burt has a chronic lung disease, called COPD, was on oxygen, and couldn't even walk short distances. He was determined to find a better way to live. His doctor suggested he come here to the Cardiopulmonary Rehab at Trinity. Burt started exercising, lost weight and was given tips on how to live with lung disease.

Burt Olson, "I will never be 100-percent, but if I can live like this I am happy"

This Rehab unit is full of people like Burt, most of them suffering lung or heart related problems. Usually insurance will cover the cost. Coordinator Jeff Redekopp says Burt is a great example of what can be accomplished with hard work and a strong will.

Jeff Redekopp "it is a fun to see a person come in here, and within a few months, they are better than they thought they could be"

Burt thought his life was ending, and says he owes a lot to the people at in the Cardiopulmonary unit.

"you got your life back, yes it feels good"

For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge

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