Are you curious about how well your lungs are doing?
Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are a set of tests that help doctors understand the health of your lungs. These tests give important information about your lung capacity, how well air flows in and out, and how effectively your lungs transfer oxygen into your body. In this blog post, we’ll explain in simple terms the purpose, procedure, and benefits of pulmonary function tests.
Why Are Pulmonary Function Tests Done?
Pulmonary function tests are done to check how well your lungs are working. They help doctors diagnose and keep track of lung conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pulmonary fibrosis. These tests also provide information about how your lungs are responding to treatments and help assess the progress of your lung condition.
What Happens During the Test?
During a pulmonary function test, you’ll be asked to do some breathing exercises using special equipment. One common test is called spirometry. It involves blowing into a tube to see how much air you can breathe in and out and how fast you can do it. Another test, called a lung diffusion test, checks how well oxygen moves from your lungs into your bloodstream. Your doctor may also do other tests to measure your lung volume or see if your airways are sensitive to certain triggers.