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Spirometry

Family Medical Home

Family Medicine Physicians located in San Antonio, TX

Chronic lung conditions like asthma are common and can lead to serious health complications when they go undiagnosed and untreated. Dedicated to meeting all of your health needs, the primary care providers at Family Medical Home offer spirometry, which is an in-office test that assesses lung function. For comprehensive care from a team focused on your long-term health needs, call the office in San Antonio, Texas, nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Spirometry Q & A

What is spirometry?

Spirometry is a breathing test that assesses your lung health and function. It measures the amount of air you breathe in and exhale, as well as how quickly and easily you can force air out of your lungs. 

Family Medical Home is a full-service primary care practice that offers many in-office tests to assess health and confirm or rule out a diagnosis, including spirometry.  

Why would I need spirometry?

Your provider at Family Medical Home may recommend a spirometry test to assess your breathing patterns if you’re showing signs and symptoms of a chronic lung condition. Your provider may use the information gathered from your spirometry test to identify lung conditions like:

  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis

You may also benefit from spirometry to evaluate treatment and monitor lung function if you have a chronic lung condition. 

The team at Family Medical Home provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your spirometry, which may include wearing loose clothing and not eating a large meal before the test. 

What happens during spirometry?

Your spirometry test is a painless procedure. During the test, your provider places a clip on your nose to keep your nostrils closed. You then take a deep breath in and breathe out as hard and long as you can into the spirometry tube, keeping your lips tightly sealed around the tube. 

To ensure the accuracy and consistency of your results, you need to repeat the deep breaths in and out at least three times. The entire test takes less than an hour. 

What do my spirometry results mean?

After your testing, your provider reviews the results with you. Your spirometry test measures:

Forced vital capacity (FCV)

Your FCV measures the amount of air you exhale after a deep breath. If your FCV is lower than normal, then it may indicate a breathing condition.

Forced expiratory volume (FEV)

Your FEV measures how much air you forcefully exhale in one second, which is used to determine the severity of your breathing condition.

Your provider at Family Medical Home offers specific recommendations based on the results of your testing, which may include further testing and/or a treatment plan to manage your lung condition. 

To learn more about spirometry, call Family Medical Home or request an appointment online today.