Spirometry is a common and effective diagnostic test that can easily be done in your doctor’s office or at a nearby hospital or clinic. You will be asked to take in a big breath, and then blow as hard and long as you can into a machine. The machine measures how much air you can blow out from your lungs and how fast you can blow it out. Spirometry is the most reliable way to test your lungs for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and asthma.
Your doctor may call spirometry by another name including pulmonary function test (PFT) or lung function test.

What does spirometry measure?

• Spirometry tells your doctor if your lungs are functioning normally. It does this through different breathing measurements, some of the most common measurements include:
• Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) – The largest amount of air that you can blow out after you take your biggest breath in.
• Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV1) – The amount of air you can blow out of your lungs in the first second.
• If the amount of air you blow out in the first second is low, you might have a lung disease such as asthma or COPD.
• If you have already been diagnosed with asthma or COPD, spirometry can be useful to determine if your current treatment is working.
So show your lungs some love. Talk to your doctor about spirometry.

Why is spirometry important?

Spirometry can be used to diagnose and manage many different types of lung disease. If you have questions or concerns about your lung health, talk to you doctor about spirometry.
The earlier spirometry is done, the earlier lung disease can be detected and treated. There are many treatments to reduce symptoms, to prevent lung disease from becoming worse, decrease flare-ups (exacerbations) and improve your day-to-day life.

Who should have spirometry testing?

• People with asthma
• Spirometry is an important diagnosis and management tool for people with asthma. If you have asthma and never had a spirometry test, please talk to your doctor about spirometry.
• Smokers and former smokers
• If you are over 40 and smoke or used to smoke, you may have COPD. Take this quick test to screen for symptoms of COPD.
• Do you cough regularly?
• Do you cough up phlegm regularly?
• Do even simple chores make you short of breath?
• Do you wheeze when you exert yourself (exercise, go up stairs?)
• Do you get many colds and do your colds usually last longer than your friends colds?

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have symptoms of COPD. See your doctor to find out what is causing your symptoms. It could be COPD, it could be another breathing disease, or it could be something else. Only your doctor can say.

Why should I see the doctor now? Can’t it wait?

If you have COPD or another breathing disease, it’s important to catch it early and treat it as soon as possible. If you get early treatment for COPD you can slow down the damage to your lungs. This means you’ll have fewer symptoms and you’ll be more able to do your regular activities and hobbies. You will be more able to keep golfing, playing with your grandkids, gardening, or doing other activities you enjoy.
When COPD is diagnosed late, it can still be treated. But patients who get late treatment for COPD have more severe symptoms, and the treatments do not work as well.

What happens in a spirometry test?

Spirometry is a painless test that can often be done in your doctor’s office or in a nearby clinic. The entire test usually takes less than 10 minutes, although sometimes it is repeated after taking a puffer medication.
You will be asked to breathe through a mouthpiece while wearing a nose clip. The tester will coach you to take in as big a breath as possible. You will then blast the air out as fast as you can until your lungs are completely empty. You may then be asked to take another deep breath in again. You will do this three times or more to make sure the results are accurate. You may also be given a medication to breathe in. The test would then be repeated to show if your lungs have responded to the medication.
How to prepare for the test:
• Do not smoke for one hour before test
• Do not drink alcohol within four hours of test
• Do not eat a large meal within two hours of test
• Please wear loose clothing
• Do not perform vigorous exercise within 30 minutes of test
• If you are on puffer medications, you may be asked to not take them for a few hours before spirometry. Ask your doctor (or the center performing the test) beforehand if this applies to you.

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  • Avatar Erin Leonard ★★★★★ a month ago
    I had a good experience at RespiArt with Al. He was nonjudgmental and willing to work around my situation. He is knowledgeable and makes things comfortable. Would highly recommend. :)
    Side note: For people with disabilities or limited
    … More mobility, I do not think there’s an elevator. There are two flights of stairs. Parking around the place can also be tricky.
  • Avatar ovi varga ★★★★ 4 months ago
    i am new at this stuff but the service i got from Mr. Al was very good and professional.
    I would recommend this to other in need for a CPAP machine...they are the only ones i found that would actually make monthly payments to help people
    … More who don't have $2000 + to give in one shot.
    Thank you very much for your services.
  • Avatar Maddalena Rainone ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    Incredible from the start.....I was sent to the wrong place by Google maps but found my way soon after..
    ....Almutaz reached me by phone while I was driving and I was so relieved...I didn't want to miss my appointment!!! He waited
    … More for me!!! Then at the office he educated me on sleep apnea cause I had so many questions.....he takes the time to explain!!! He gives great advice!!! Now we will see what the machine reads for me!! Keep you guys posted!!!!
  • Avatar M K ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    I encourage people to take their health seriously and consult with Al over at RespiArt. Not only he provides good advice for sleep apnea but he also cares about the BEST way to get treatment without breaking the bank. I would definitely … More recommend to anyone in need.
  • Avatar Gabrielle Marfoglia ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    I was very happy with my experience with RespiArt for a home sleep apnea testing: I was able to get an appointment very quickly; Almutaz took the time the explain the equipment and sleep apnea to me; the specialist called me 2 days later … More to go over my results. Everything was great :)