What are the risks of a pulmonary function test?
The risk is minimal for most people, although the test carries a slight risk of a collapsed lung in some patients with lung disease.
Pulmonary function testing is usually done by a specially trained respiratory therapist or technician. For most pulmonary function tests, you will be asked to wear a nose clip to make sure that no air passes through your nose during the test. You will be asked to breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to a machine called a spirometer. The technician may encourage you to breathe deeply during parts of the test to get the…
Generally, yes. Especially if the physician's office has asked you to not to take any pulmonary or cardiac medications. It really depends on which test they are having you do. Feel free to call your physicians office and ask a secretary or nurse, as they are usually more than willing to answer your questions.
Pulmonary Function refers to the functions of the heart. And a deficit means lacking, or falling short. So a pulmonary function deficit means that the heart isn't quite up to scratch. If your heart only managed to pump 40 litres of blood per hour instead of the average 80 (example figures, don't quote me on those), then you could say that this example heart has a pulmonary function deficit.