Lung Function Check For COPD
Approximately 850,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD refers to any lung disease that can narrow your airways making it difficult to breathe. Did you know:
- It’s estimated that 2 million people in the UK may have COPD without realising it
- Patients with COPD are at increased risk for the development of lung cancer
- Lung function testing can detect COPD before any symptoms become apparent
Your COPD test
Your test is simple and involves blowing into a tube connected to a specialist device called a ‘Vitalograph’.
Several readings are taken and, if you’re a smoker, you will receive a ‘lung age’ calculation comparing your actual age with an estimated age based on performance of your lungs.
Your FEV1 and FEV6 readings relate to the amount of air expelled in the first second of the test and FEV6 the total amount after 6 seconds.
How to prepare
There are no special preparation instructions for the test, but it is advised that you follow the health screening specialist’s instructions carefully when performing the test to avoid any incorrect readings.