This test is usually done to confirm a diagnosis of COPD and the monitoring of the disease.
The spirometer measures airflow and its volume and needs to be done at least every two years.
We ask that you arrive in plenty of time for your appointment. Any exercise before the test may affect the results, rushing to the surgery because you are late counts as exercise! Also avoid eating a big meal less than 2 hours before the test.
If you use inhalers or take oral medication for your respiratory problem, please refrain from using them prior to the test, as advised on the list below:
If you have to use any medication, through necessity or simply forget, just inform the person carrying out the test.
Spirometry is a very low risk test. However, blowing out hard can increase the pressure in your chest, abdomen and eye. So, you may be advised not to have spirometry if you have: