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Expert Video: What is Spirometry?

Expert pulmonologists describe spirometry and how it is used to diagnose COPD. Spirometry is used to identify obstruction by measuring how much air you can breathe out, and how fast you blow air out. The experts explain forced expiratory volume (FEV-1) and forced vital capacity (FVC) and how the values are compared and interpreted in order to diagnose COPD. Spirometry is also called a breathing test or a lung function test or a pulmonary function test.

Tools and test for COPD - Expert Video
Tools and test for COPD - Expert Video
Expert Video:

How often should I do spirometry?


Expert pulmonologists discuss how often spirometry tests should be repeated. In patients who already have COPD, spirometry is helpful to monitor changes in lung function, especially if done a month or two after an exacerbation of COPD (also called a lung attack).

Tools and test for COPD - Expert Video
Tools and test for COPD - Expert Video
Expert Video:

What is a Pulse Oximeter?


Expert pulmonologists describe pulse oximeter, a non-invasive device that is attached to a patient’s finger and measures the percentage of oxygen in the blood along with pulse rate. If used properly it can be a useful tool to help patients manage their COPD. It is portable and commonly used by patients with COPD.

Tools and test for COPD - Patient Video
Tools and test for COPD - Patient Video
Patient Video:

What is your experience with spirometry?


Patients describe their experiences with spirometry including how the test is performed.


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