Preventive Medical Services
August 1, 2017
Thyroid Disorders
August 1, 2017

What is Spirometry?

Spirometry is a common office test used to assess how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you inhale, how much you exhale and how quickly you exhale.

Spirometry is used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions that affect breathing. Spirometry may also be used periodically to check whether a treatment for a chronic lung condition is helping you breathe better.

Who needs Spirometry?

We may suggest a spirometry test if we suspect your signs or symptoms may be caused by a chronic lung condition such as:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

If you’ve already been diagnosed with a chronic lung disorder, spirometry may be used periodically to check how well your medications are working and whether your breathing problems are under control.

Who should not get Spirometry testing?

Because the test requires some exertion, it isn’t performed if you’ve had a recent heart attack or some other heart conditions. Rarely, the test triggers severe breathing problems.

Need to see a doctor? Schedule an appointment today. 714-916-0952.