Everything we have been waiting for for the past five months is finally here! Spring has arrived. And one thing many of us dread has come also. Spring is beautiful, but it also acts as the “welcome to allergies” season to many. At this time of the year, pollen is abundant in our cities and towns, leading to increased respiratory issues and asthma symptoms.
If you or a loved one have asthma or have experienced coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness during the springtime months, these may be signs that medical help may be necessary. A simple test called a spirometry test can be performed, and it will tell you everything you and your doctor need to know.
Of course, a spirometry test is not limited to individuals with asthma or allergies, but it can be used for a variety of tests to help identify pulmonary functions. If you would like to have your breathing patterns analyzed and assessed, talk to your doctor today!
What Is Spirometry Testing?
Spirometry is the most common test for pulmonary and respiratory function. It works by measuring lung function, or more directly by measuring the volume and flow of air being inhaled and exhaled. It is a very useful test in assessing breathing patterns and can help identify a variety of conditions. To make this type of test, the patient must breathe into a mouthpiece of a machine called a spirometer. This machine records the results.
This is done very easily:
- Big breath in
- Fast breath out
- Keep breathing out for as long as possible
The parameters measured by this test are Vital Capacity, Forced Vital Capacity, Forced Expiratory Volume, Forced Expiratory Flow, and Maximal Voluntary Ventilation. The test can also be administered post-treatment in order to assess the statistical results of a prescription.
Where Can I Get Spirometry Testing?
Wheat City Medical Clinic & Pharmacy is very proud to announce its new Spirometry program. You can now request a spirometry test to be administered in our specialist clinic. The test is quick and results will be ready for you very quickly.
If you would like to learn more about spirometry or to book an appointment to have your breathing assessed. Contact our office today!