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What is a lung capacity test?

What is a lung capacity test?

Lung function: Usually a lung capacity is the total amount of air you can take & hold upon a deep breath. It is part of the lung capacities (TLC, IC, EC) & function. 3 basic capacities: Total lung cac. Inspiratory capacity & expiratory capacities. If decreased is a restrictive problem like in fibrosis but many others. If increase is an obstructiver air problem (asthma, COPD, etc)

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Is lung capacity at 53% dangerous?

Is lung capacity at 53% dangerous?

Need to find out why: During a pulmonary function test, there are typically three measurements taken. First, how well the air "moves" in and out of the lungs. Copd, asthma, bronchitis, etc are things that would cause it to drop. Second, the efficiency of oxygen transfer is measured, the diffusion. Last, the lung sizes are measured. Again, which value is down and why its down is the most important thing to find.

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Good food to improve lung capacity?

Good food to improve lung capacity?

None: There is no special diet or supplements for that. Avoid pollution (esp in india), do not smoke, exercise, and eat healthy food daily (low oil, no ghee at all, limit meat, and limit sugars/sweets).

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How do I know if got small lung capacity?

How do I know if got small lung capacity?

Pulmonary: Function testing can determine your lung capacity (Essentially breathing air into a system which performs the measurements Your PCP (primary Care Physician) can probably order these or refer you o a specialist (Pulmonologist) you are having breathing problems! Hope this helps! Dr Z

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How do you tell what your lung capacity is?

How do you tell what your lung capacity is?

Lung function: Is measured in a respiratory lab by capacity of deep inspiratin, speed of expiration, measuring of residual volume. Alos arterial blood gases determine oxygen transfer, and ability to exhale co2.

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Will someone die if their lung capacity is 20%?

Will someone die if their lung capacity is 20%?

No: However, they will have little to no endurance, and may feel short of breath at rest. Depending on the cause of their lung dysfunction, they might live for years like this. .. Or months or weeks. If the patient is under 65 he or she might be considered for lung transplantation.

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Can you tell me if jogging increases your lung capacity?

Can you tell me if jogging increases your lung capacity?

Lung capacity: Yes it does. Regular exercise does help with your lung capacity. Initially to increase it, and as you keep it up, you have less chance to loose capacity quickly as you age. Best of luck, but do not go overboard!

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Is there a way to fake your lung capacity in a blowing test?

Is there a way to fake your lung capacity in a blowing test?

Why?: The answer is not with adequate consistency to get a good study, but why would you want to do that? These tests are expensive and time consuming, why would you waste your own and everyone else's time to do it.

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What is the capacity of asthmatic lungs vs non asthmatic lungs?

What is the capacity of asthmatic lungs vs non asthmatic lungs?

Lung capacity/asthma: Total lung capacity is the volume of air in the lungs at the end of maximal inspiration. Asthmatics can have higher lung volumes than normal people because their lungs become hyperinflated when they have attacks. They have trouble breathing all the way out, so the volume left over afterward, the residual lung volume, is also elevated. In severe asthmatics, fibrosis/scars can decrease volumes.

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What percent of lung volumes on tlc is bad also rv frc and vc?

What percent of lung volumes on tlc is bad also rv frc and vc?

Less than75%is reduc: Lung volumes are calculated based on ht, wt, age, sex and race. Therefor reduced volumes are related to your predicted values and not spesific numbers. Less than 75% would suggest a reduced volume. There are many causes of restrictive disease.

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I got my lungs tested today and I have a very large lung capacity, how?

I got my lungs tested today and I have a very large lung capacity, how?

Could be: Either normal lungs or hyperinflated from copd, needs to be clarify by your specialist.

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What does lung capacity mean and can you improve it? I am 53 with lung capacity 80%.

Lung capacity: Is essentially the volume of air that fills your lungs. Ways to increase are breathing exercises (deep breathing, blowing up balloons, etc.) and exercise, especially cardio. Athletes are always looking for ways to increase their lung capacities to improve performance. Lots of websites out there about it. Also, stop smoking if you do and optimize your asthma treatment if you are asthmatic.

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What is the term for the difference between the vital capacity and the total lung capacity?

What is the term for the difference between the vital capacity and the total lung capacity?

See below: Vital Capacity is total volume of air that you: inhale during normal breathing (Tidal Volume) + when taking a deep breath in (Inspiratory Reserve Volume) + when you breath out as much as your can (Expiratory reserve volume).
Total Lung Capacity include all of the above plus volume of air left in the lung even after you breath out complete (Residual Volume).

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I have 70 % lung capacity but it drops to 50 - 53% when im ill. What type of exercise can I do to work it up to 80% or am I being unrealistic.?

I have 70 % lung capacity but it drops to 50 - 53% when im ill. What type of exercise can I do to work it up to 80% or am I being unrealistic.?

Mostly unrealistic: If your lung function falls with illness it implies airway inflammation from the illness with decreased flow. Other considerations include neuromuscular disease worsening with illness. Genetics determine our total lung capacity and the number of alveoli in a lung is predetermined according to crapo and no amount of exercise can change that. Once you lose alveoli there is no recovery.

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Pulm. Said spiro. Tests were "99% normal", but showed "slightly reduced lung capacity." He said "it's nothing to worry about." What does that mean?

Pulm. Said spiro. Tests were "99% normal", but showed "slightly reduced lung capacity." He said "it's nothing to worry about." What does that mean?

Mgt: If you upload the test to your EMR, Healthtap physicians can provide a second opinion. It is probably normal. What is the current diagnosis? And your symptoms?

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I have been diagnosed as having a lung capacity of 80%, I am 53 years old. Should I be concerned and can I do anything to improve my lung capacity?

Don't worry. Exercise: A lung capacity of 80% may actually be within normal range, so I wouldn't get too concerned. Other considerations include symptoms (e.g. shortness of breath, cough), smoking history, history of asthma. So, first, you probably don't need to be concerned. And second, treatment of a specific disease can improve lung function. Otherwise, exercise is always good!

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Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size? To further assist me with my daily running?

Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size? To further assist me with my daily running?

No science here: Lung capacity / size increases some in marathon runners because of the extra extreme exertion changing the chest wall shape. There's no magic in rhythmic breathing -- I've seen only pseudoscience here. Unless you have asthma, it's your heart and not your lungs that limits your running capacity. Did you ever hear of real olympic or pro-team coaches incorporating this stuff?

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What is the lung capacity of a smoker like?

It's decreased.: It is reduced compared to that of a non-smoker due to lung disease. According to the CDC, smoking can stunt lung development in teens and can increase the risk of asthma, TB, emphysema and cancers. Smoking damages the elastic lining of air sacs and causes scarring which can restrict air flow in or out.

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Results of a breathing test, I was at 60% of capacity but my pulse ox was 97 and my chest and lungs were clear. How could vitals be fine but at 60%?

Results of a breathing test, I was at 60% of capacity but my pulse ox was 97 and my chest and lungs were clear. How could vitals be fine but at 60%?

Pulmonary Test: Because the breathing test is a lot more sensitive than the physical exam... It will point out a problem before it is manifested by physical exam or decrease in arterial oxygen saturation.