To help you be as healthy as possible and create baselines against which to measure health we offer the following different kinds of testing:
In testing a patient’s pulmonary fitness there are several different sorts of test that test for different aspects of pulmonary healthiness. Spirometry measures general air intake and how much air the patients lungs can physically hold. Plethysmography measures the volume of air that a patient’s lungs can hold at their maximum and minimum. And diffusion capacity measures how successfully the patient’s lungs convert/filter oxygen out of the air and transfer it into the body and bloodstream. Depending on which aspect the patient has difficulty with often narrows down what illness of disease they are dealing with. It thus acts to assist the doctor in recommending a more personal treatment regimen for the patient.
Spirometry is a common office test used to assess how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you inhale, how much you exhale and how quickly you exhale. Spirometry is used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions that affect breathing.
The purpose of the six minute walk was to test exercise tolerance in chronic respiratory disease and heart failure. The test has since been used as a performance-based measure of functional exercise capacity The six-minute walk test (6MWT) measures the distance an individual is able to walk over a total of six minutes on a hard, flat surface. The goal is for the individual to walk as far as possible in six minutes. The individual is allowed to self-pace and rest as needed as they traverse back and forth along a marked path.