Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Testing

Cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing is used to assess cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Testing

 Cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing is used to assess cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

C-diagnostics offers both adult and pediatric cardiopulmonary testing. Pulmonary function testing is used to assess for potential causes of shortness of breath or chest pain and/or to diagnose respiratory disease. They can also be done to assess how well medications are working to control disease. Click on each option below to learn more about these tests.

Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)

A PFT requires patients to perform a series of breathing exercises using special equipment that is designed to measure how well your lungs perform. These tests are conducted by a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) who will coach you through each step. Most patients are referred for these tests to assess for potential causes of shortness of breath or chest pain and/or to assess for asthma or COPD.

If you have already been diagnosed with asthma or COPD, you may be asked to repeat this test to see how well your medication(s) are working to control your disease or to see if the disease has progressed in any way.

What to Expect During This Test

This test will last approximately 1 hour and will include several different breathing exercises that will be explained to you in detail on the day of the test. Your nose will be clipped, and you will breathe in and out through your mouth into a mouthpiece attached to a machine. The RRT will compile a report of your lung measurements which will be interpreted by a respirologist. Your doctor can expect to have the results of this test 7-10 days after you complete it.

You will also have the opportunity to review your medication and inhaler use with our RRT to ensure that these are the right medications for you and that you are using them correctly.

To learn more about the different breathing exercises practiced during a PFT, please click here

How to Prepare for This Test

Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing for your test. You can expect your appointment to last approximately one hour; this will allow for the test to be completed and provide time for medication review should it be deemed necessary. There is no cardiovascular exercise component to your scheduled testing. Fasting is not required, however we do ask for patients to please refrain from smoking/vaping for at least two hours prior to the test.

For maximal accuracy, our aim is to have you arrive for your PFT without any inhaler medication(s) in your system. As such, you are asked to refrain from taking any inhalers for 24 hours prior to the PFT. Please refer to the C-health information sheet titled: Pulmonary Function Test for guidance on how to adjust your medication(s) appropriately for your test.

If you are unsure whether these medication changes apply to you, or if you have questions about this process, please contact your C-health physician before altering your medication regimen.

Spirometry

Spirometry is the best available test for diagnosing asthma and COPD. It is performed to measure the amount of air you breathe in and out as part of a full Pulmonary Function Test (PFT). For some people, such as young children, only spirometry is required to assess lung functioning. The test is meant to measure how well your lungs perform and is conducted by a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) who will coach you through each step.

What to Expect During This Test

This test requires you to complete several breathing exercises that will be explained to you in detail on the day of the test. Your nose will be clipped, and you will breathe in and out through your mouth into a mouthpiece attached to a machine. The RRT will compile a report of your lung measurements which will be interpreted by a respirologist. Your doctor can expect to have the results of this test 7-10 days after you complete it.

For additional information on what Spirometry is, please click here
To see the steps involved in a Spirometry appointment, click here

How to Prepare for This Test

Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing for your test. You can expect your appointment to last approximately one hour; this will allow for the test to be completed and provide time for medication review should it be deemed necessary. There is no cardiovascular exercise component to your scheduled testing. Fasting is not required, however we do ask for patients to please refrain from smoking/vaping for at least two hours prior to the test.

For maximal accuracy, our aim is to have you arrive at your spirometry appointment without any inhaler medication(s) in your system. As such, you are asked to refrain from taking any inhalers for 24 hours prior to the test. Please refer to the C-health information sheet titled: Pulmonary Function Test for guidance on how to adjust your medication(s) appropriately for spirometry testing.

If you are unsure whether these medication changes apply to you, or if you have questions about this process, please contact your C-health physician before altering your medication regimen.

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