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A 47-year-old member asked:

I'm wondering can the breathing exercises, performed during pulmonary function test, be done routinely?

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Dr. Keith Diaz
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Breathing exercises: The maneuvers that are used during a pulmonary function test are designed to test certain parameters of how well parts of the lung work. They are not meant to exercise the lung. The best thing you can do is some sort of cardio-pulmonary exercise to condition the breathing muscles and heart.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Could the breathing exercises, performed during pulmonary function test, be done routinely?

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Dr. William Galli
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes, no benifit : There is no benefit to do them to increase lung function. The best way is to build endurance is through a structured physical therapy program. Nothing can really increase lung capacity either. This is a matter of conditioning. You can do the exercise but no real gain. If you want to measure during exercise then a cardiopulmonary stress test is better. This is a dynamic test on a bike.

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