Spirometry

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NY Family Docs

Primary Care Practice & Family Practice located in Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, CityLine & Forest Hills NY

An accurate diagnosis of chronic breathing problems is essential for identifying conditions like asthma and COPD. At NY Family Docs, with six offices throughout Brooklyn and Queens, New York, the board-certified team of doctors offers on-site diagnostic spirometry testing. This noninvasive, painless test evaluates your lung function to confirm existing lung disease. Learn more about the benefits of spirometry for diagnosing lung disorders by calling the office nearest you or by booking online today. You can also request testing in person on a walk-in basis at the NY Family Docs closest to you.

Spirometry Q & A

What is spirometry?

Spirometry is a diagnostic test that the staff at NY Family Docs offer in-office to assess your lung function. This noninvasive test measures how much air you can take in and breathe out in a certain time.

You’ll need spirometry to diagnose issues like shortness of breath, chronic cough, and persistent dizziness related to:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)

After a physical exam and a review of your medical history, your NY Family Docs physician can administer the spirometry test to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

What can I expect during a spirometry test?

During your spirometry test, you can expect to breathe into a tube that’s attached to a spirometer. Your NY Family Docs provider will instruct you when to breathe and for how long.

Typically, you will take deep breaths and exhale into the tube several times to get an accurate measurement of your lung function.

In some cases, your provider will offer inhaled medications to open your airways after the initial round of tests to see if they improve your breathing.

Results of spirometry testing are immediate, and your NY Family Docs discusses your diagnosis and potential treatments based on your test results.

Does spirometry testing cause any side effects?

Spirometry testing does require deep breaths which can be difficult if you do have an existing lung condition.

While the test itself is painless, you could experience additional breathing issues or experience side effects like:

  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Lightheadedness

If you have any of these symptoms during your test, let your physician know, so they can address them during your appointment and prevent additional health complications.

How do I prepare for a spirometry test?

Prior to your visit, your NY Family Docs physician provides instructions to ensure you get the most accurate results. This can involve not taking certain medications on the day of the test and not smoking for several hours before your appointment.

Don’t eat a large meal before the test and dress comfortably. You need to avoid tight clothing that can interfere with your breathing.

If you need an accurate diagnosis of shortness of breath or other breathing difficulties, schedule spirometry testing by calling the office nearest you or booking online. You can also receive treatment without an appointment by visiting NY Family Docs as a walk-in.