Americare Medical Center
Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Sunrise, FL & Davie, FL
A pulmonary function test provides your doctor with key information regarding your lung capacity. At Americare Medical Center in Sunrise and Davie, Florida, the dedicated team performs this test to find out how your lungs are working. To schedule an appointment with the team, call Americare Medicare Center or book online today.
Pulmonary Q & A
What is a pulmonary function test?
A pulmonary function test measures how much air your lungs can hold and how quickly that air empties. The Americare Medical Center team also uses this vital test to screen for pulmonary diseases such as:
- Lung disease
- Pulmonary vascular disease
- Certain connective tissue disorders
- Interstitial fibrosis
There are two types of pulmonary disorders that impact how well air flows in and out of your lungs:
These air-flow problems stem from your lung tissue or chest muscles failing to expand properly, making it difficult to breathe.
This occurs when there is a blockage in your airways, often caused by mucus buildup and inflammation. Such obstructive pulmonary diseases include bronchitis and emphysema.
Why do I need a pulmonary function test?
The Americare Medical Center team recommends a pulmonary function test if you experience any of the following symptoms for an extended period of time:
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic fatigue
Certain work environments that require a strong, healthy lung capacity, such as coal mines and graphite factories, also require pulmonary function tests to ensure employees stay as healthy as possible at work.
What can I expect from my pulmonary function test?
The team reviews your family and medical history before administering the test to determine whether you are at risk of lung disease, asthma, or other conditions that impact lung function. Prior to the test, tell the Americare Medical Center team about any medications you are currently taking, including prescription medications and herbal supplements, which can affect the results.
This test is straightforward and requires very little preparation. While the team asks that you wear loose clothing to limit restriction, there is no additional preparation needed unless they instruct you to do so.
After you sit down, the team places a soft clip over your nose to make sure all your breathing comes through your mouth. Next, they give you a sterile mouthpiece attached to a spirometer — a device that measures air flow in and out of your lungs. Once the test begins, the team instructs you to breathe inhale and exhale at various rates.
The results from your pulmonary function test give the Americare Medical Center team a clearer picture of your lung capacity and pulmonary health. To schedule a consultation, call Americare Medical Center or book an appointment online today.
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