If you have symptoms like chronic cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, or if you have been a smoker for a while and concerned about your health or if there is a family history of asthma and allergies then you may benefit from the spirometry.
Spirometer is a very useful device, it is used to measure timed expired and inspired volumes, and from these we can calculate how effectively and how quickly the lungs can be emptied and filled. It is usually performed by the practice nurse and interpreted by one of our doctors.
These measurements can indicate the condition of the lungs and whether they are healthy or not.
Spirometer is a valuable tool to diagnose certain lung conditions like Bronchial Asthma, COAD (Chronic obstructive lung disease which is usually effect of smoking) and Lung fibrosis .
It can differentiate between Asthma and COAD as they can present in a similar way and can be mixed sometimes.
It is also very important for follow up of the treatment and if it is improving the lung function or not.
Spirometer can be used with adults and kids specially over age of 5 y.
So do not hesitate and talk to your doctor at the Lowndes street clinic to organise a lung function test for you. We have recently introduced the spirometer to the clinic as it is an indispensable tool, and of a significant benefit to our patient health and wellbeing .