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Doctor insights on: The Volumetric Exerciser Spirometer Vs The Incentive Spirometer

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Is this ok to use incentive spirometer exerciser?

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 don't have severe COPD and blebs, that may rupture, in rare conditions. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 an incentive spirometer effective?

Yes: To keep your lung from collapsing due to shallow breathing after surgery. It is very but not always effective. Despite the pain, you must do it to prevent atelectasis of the lung tissue. ...Read more

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How to use an incentive spirometer after surgery? What is the spirometer reading I should try to achieve (ml)?

Variable: We try to have folks practice to see what is a good level pre op!
then do close to that post op!
the goal, is to prevent lung atelectasis, and or pneumonia!
inventive and coughing he
p with that. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use an incentive spirometer everyday if you have asthma? Does it help your lungs if you use it daily?

Is it safe to use an incentive spirometer everyday if you have asthma? Does it help your lungs if you use it daily?

Peak Flows: Measuring your peak flows with an incentive spirometer at home is a great and safe way for you and your doctor to monitor your asthma over time. Occasional pulmonary function testing in the office provides valuable information, but tracking peak flows over times also lets us know how well controlled your asthma is. If you want to improve lung function try exercising 4-5 times per week. ...Read more

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Is there any risks of using an incentive spirometer to improve the lung function on a regular basis? Few times every day?

No particular risks: I cannot conceive any risks for using your own incentive spirometry on a regular basis. It just coaches you to take deep and full breaths to help minimize the risk of atelectasis. ...Read more

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What do the numbers mean on the incentive spirometer? Ehat is considered an average reading when inhaling and holding breath?

Breath volume: The numbers indicate how deep a breath you are taking. The bigger the number the deeper the breath. You want to be at 1500 ml or above. ...Read more

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I have a incentive spirometer --back surgery years ago-- can it be repurpose it for fitness training or would it not be beneficial? If so sets & reps?

I have a incentive spirometer --back surgery years ago-- can it be repurpose it for fitness training or would it not be beneficial? If so sets & reps?

Don't believe it'll: Be helpful for your training, unless you get out of breath. Would not repurpose it for what you have in mind. ...Read more

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Why do I need to take approximately 10 breaths on incentive spirometry while I am awake?

Have you been: Ill or had surgery recently? Incentive spirometry is done to prevent or decrease atelectasis. (Keep air moving and keep lungs healthy). ...Read more

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How does incentive spirometry prevent fever and why is it so importanr?

Prevents infection..: When a person doesn't take deep breaths, the airways not being used tend to close off so that the inhaled air is routed to the lung space that is being used. But, secretions can collect in these airways and stay there where they can become infected, leading to acute bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Incentive spirometry causes you to open these airways, expectorate secretions and prevent infections! ...Read more

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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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I am a 70 year old female, very fit, but I cannot get above 1200 on the spirometer. Is that ok?, or do I need to consider doing more often than once a

I am a 70 year old female, very fit, but I cannot get above 1200 on the spirometer. Is that ok?, or do I need to consider doing more often than once a

Normal?: The lung function test is dependent on height (gender, age, ethnicity as well) and thus if you were a short person, this may be a normal value. Although you can improve your exercise tolerance and endurance with exercise, there is no way to increase one's total lung capacity (however reversal of obesity would improve the lung capacity). ...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

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I was just diagnosed with pneumonia. What should be value on the spirometer be a goal to reach to know my lungs are better. I am a 40 yr fit female?

I was just diagnosed with pneumonia. What should be value on the spirometer be a goal to reach to know my lungs are better. I am a 40 yr fit female?

I wouldn't recommend: Ms/Mrs. Lamb, after a true pneumonia, your lungs probably will take some time to recover. However, I usually follow this recovery clinically - which means is based on the absence of fever and progressive improvement in the shortness of breath. You will be coughing while your body cleans itself - remember that cough (and mucus) are like the "sweeper" of the lungs.
Unless you have asthma...do you? ...Read more

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I use my Voldyne inspired spirometer @ least 3+Times qday. Scared of pneumonia again since last time BUT is it me. Makes me feel nauseous/bloated etc?

Interesting....: Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, increased abdominal pressure can cause those symptoms. Hiatal hernia, air swallowing are common.
Oddly enough, yoga breathing technique or other training in breathing would fix it. Spirometry would also be interesting to see breathing pattern. ...Read more

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Blew 1.50 on spirometer at home device. What % lung function is that for 68 yr. Old lady. 5ft.6. Thank you for your reply.

Blew 1.50 on spirometer at home device. What % lung function is that for 68 yr. Old lady. 5ft.6. Thank you for your reply.

Mgt: I would suggest obtaining the best of three measurements, while making a good effort.
If you are experiencing symptoms, please see the ED.
The value that you listed is low. A virtual inbox consult is also available. ...Read more

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74% on spirometer after neb treatment was 90% take ventolin 1 puff 2x/day and montelukast. Y didn't I get neb to take home also?

74% on spirometer after neb treatment was 90% take ventolin 1 puff 2x/day and montelukast. Y didn't I get neb to take home also?

Similar: Some studies show neb = inhaler in terms of med delivery. If you aren't in that group, can use a spacer w/inhaler, or can tell your dr not getting adequate relief & request neb. Also should ask about dose, as usually 2 puffs of inhaler, so may not work b/c not enough med. ...Read more

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Pneumonia 7 weeks ago. Have small inflammation lower lungs, pain in ribs. Using spirometer seems to help. Anything else I can do to help heal?

Pneumonia 7 weeks ago. Have small inflammation lower lungs, pain in ribs. Using spirometer seems to help. Anything else I can do to help heal?

Pneumonia: First....finish the complete prescription of the antibiotic your on even if you feel much better. The incentive spirometer is very very important. It helps you open alveoli that may have been effected by the infection and filled with fluid. Its a very good prognostic indicator of recovery. We often do pulmonary percussive technique in the hospital with patients to help mobilize sections. ...Read more

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Had spirometer test, blew 74 what should it b, 34 y/o female. Have take deep breaths and sigh lots also dry cough at times. Just diagnosed w/asthma.

Had spirometer test, blew 74 what should it b, 34 y/o female. Have take deep breaths and sigh lots also dry cough at times. Just diagnosed w/asthma.

Spirometry: Currently the best test to assess lung function is spirometry. The normal values for fvc is >80%, fev1 >80%, and fev1/fvc ratio 0.80. Typically, the spirometry will be repeated after taking albuterol to assess how much the values increased. ...Read more

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50 yr. Old non-smoker, w/ COPD exacerbation of 1+ year. Pulmonologist informed me spirometer reading was 22%, but increased to 37% after the bronchodilator. Any reasonable expectation of improvement?

50 yr. Old non-smoker, w/ COPD exacerbation of 1+ year. Pulmonologist informed me spirometer reading was 22%, but increased to 37% after the bronchodilator. Any reasonable expectation of improvement?

Diagnosis??: If you have never smoked, and spirometry shows obstruction that improves with bronchodilator therapy, you may have asthma and not copd. If you do have copd, that means there is irreversible airway obstruction that is treatable but not curable so, over time, it will worsen. If you have COPD and never smoked, get tested for alpha1 anti trypsin deficiency, a form if COPD with a different treatment. ...Read more

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In your opinion will a spirometer help expand lung capacity? Should I buy it? Want to expand capacity, talk better, less tense + enhance projection

In your opinion will a spirometer help expand lung capacity? Should I buy it? Want to expand capacity, talk better, less tense + enhance projection

Incentive Spirometer: Using this device does not necessary help your lung capacity. It will however help prevent a condition called atelectasis. This is when the bottom portion of the lungs collapse a bit causing increased risk of pneumonia. We use this in a hospital routinely to help prevent pneumonia especially after surgery. ...Read more

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Post pneumonia 9 wk. Had fluid right lung 2 wk ago. Using spirometer. Muscles in body feel weak at times. From levaquin (levofloxacin).? Healthy 35 yr old F

Post pneumonia 9 wk. Had fluid right lung 2 wk ago. Using spirometer. Muscles in body feel weak at times. From levaquin (levofloxacin).? Healthy 35 yr old F

Mgt/workup: Feeling tired after a pneumonia can be common. Monitor your temperature, eat well, rest and stay well hydrated. If there is a fever, the pneumonia may have recurred and a follow up appointment is advised. ...Read more

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Is spirometry always abnormal in asthmatics?

Is spirometry always abnormal in asthmatics?

No: Many patients with asthma have very normal lung function, especially children. An abnormal spirometry result can be helpful in diagnosing and treating asthma, but it is not essential for the diagnosis. ...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