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What is the definition or description of: spirometer?

What is the definition or description of: spirometer?

Tests breathing: This device measures a person's ability to breathe in and out -- how much air, how quickly, for how long, how much air is left behind, etc. This provides some information for diagnosis and determining severity of disease (treatment, disability claims). ...Read more

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Spirometry (Definition)

A spirometry is a measurement of velocity (speed) of air coming in & out of the lungs which equals the diameter of the airways. This an indirect measument of the lung function diffeent patterns are posible & direct us as specialist to diagnosed ...Read more


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How do I use an incentive spirometer?

Deep slow breaths in: Incentive spirometers aid in opening up the passages and air sacs of the lungs, especially after surgery that requires a ventilator. The device is simple but the technique is key: fully exhale and then slowly inhale through the tube, watching the little flow guide so as not to breath too quickly. Coughing is to be expected(and encouraged). Try to slowly increase your volume to ~ 1200-1500 cc/br. ...Read more

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Is this ok to use incentive spirometer exerciser?

Yes: No problems have been reported; nor could one anticipate one with the 'essence of life'. I hope you dont have severe COPD and blebs, that may rupture, in rare conditions. ...Read more

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Other than asthma, what else can make you fail a spirometer test?

Other than asthma, what else can make you fail a spirometer test?

Many things: Though "failing" is not a term i would use, there are many other conditions that can show up in a spirometry test. These may include lung obstructions, vocal cord dysfunction, copd, etc. Most of the time these conditions will give results that are not characteristically like asthma but feel like it. Good luck. ...Read more

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If the nurse did a spirometer test wrong, is it ok to ask for them to retest before I have a stress test done?

Yes: Not sure how the nurse would have done the test wrong, but if he or she did then this sounds entirely reasonable. Obviously a test done the wrong way will cause misleading results and your doctors should have accurate information to assess your health. ...Read more

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I live at a mile above sea level, and decided to use a spirometer to measure my intake of air. I recorded it at 2500ml, should I be concerned?

I live at a mile above sea level, and decided to use a spirometer to measure my intake of air. I recorded it at 2500ml, should I be concerned?

Not sure: Not sure what was measured or how correctly it was done. Lung function and capacity is very dependent upon age / sex and height AND not upon altitude. If you measured Vital Capacity AND measured it correctly you may be at the low end of normal. Vital Capacity is not generally measured without a clinical indication. If you have lung symptoms you should see your doc. ...Read more

Spirometer (Definition)

This device measures a person's ability to breathe in and out -- how much air, how quickly, for how long, how much air is left behind, etc. This provides some information for diagnosis and determining severity of ...Read more