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A new innovation to measuring your pulmonary function.
For those who suffer from chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), managing one’s health and symptoms are among the most important lifestyle choices one can make. Under these conditions, although diet, exercise and treatment are critical to this process, what is equally important (and often overlooked) is the need to check vitals consistently—namely the measurement of pulmonary function.
Among the most important tests of pulmonary function, measurements such as FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FEVC, and FEFmax can be the most determinative in gauging one’s pulmonary health. Luckily, among the various spirometers available on the market, there’s a product that measures all four. And its name is the My Spirometer.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to break down the My Spirometer, and explain how it may just change the way we measure our pulmonary function moving forward.
What Does a Spirometer Do?
Simply put, a spirometer is used to measure a patient’s pulmonary function and provide a metric or readout of that patient’s results. Although there are standard models of these devices that involve blowing air into a plastic tube for an extended period of time, modern devices such as the My Spirometer are electronically based, meaning they can provide more accurate recordings of a patient’s airflow and pulmonary function.
The metrics collected from a typical spirometer can be broken down as such:
- FEV1– Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 second (FEV1), this is the amount of air that can be forcibly blown in one second in a full breath.
- FVC– Forced Vital Capacity (FVC), this is a measurement of the volume of air that can be forcibly blown in a full breath.
- FEV1/FVC– Combining both the FEV1 and FVC this percentage is used to compare to the average pulmonary health of a human adult. This is used for staging in many diagnoses of chronic lung disease.
- FEFmax– Forced Expiratory Flow (FEF) is the speed of air coming out of the lung during the middle of the forced expiration.
Where the My Spirometer Comes in
As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to not only have accurate measurements of your pulmonary function but also to understand them. This information can be a guide to lifestyle adjustments such as diet and exercise, as well as a guideline to a patient’s natural decline. The My Spirometer was designed for Asthma & COPD in order to provide a source of accurate pulmonary function measurements.
It’s important to test your pulmonary function often so you can stay informed on your health. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.
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