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Spirometry is an important clinical tool used to measure how well a person's lungs are working. It does this by measuring how much air you are able to exhale and how quickly. It is often used to diagnose and monitor those with asthma, COPD, and other conditions that may affect a user's ability to breathe properly (Mayo Clinic).
This means those with chronic breathing disorders can use an at-home spirometer, such as our SpiroLink®, to monitor their breathing treatments and overall lung condition. With the SpiroLink, users can record their breathing data and present it to their physician for further professional review
See Understanding the Basics of Spirometry for a more in-depth look at what Spirometry is, and how it is used at home or in professional medical settings.
When shopping for a spirometer, it is good to consider certain variables that may help you to distinguish between your options. This includes important features such as the device’s ability to measure PEF, FEV1, and FVC.
FVC - This is the largest amount of air that you can forcefully exhale after breathing in as deeply as you can. A lower-than-normal FVC reading indicates restricted breathing (Mayo Clinic).
FEV1 – This is how much air you can force from your lungs in one second. This reading helps your doctor assess the severity of your breathing problems. Lower FEV-1 readings indicate more significant obstruction (Mayo Clinic).
Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF): The peak expiratory flow, also called peak expiratory flow rate, is a person's maximum speed of expiration.
Other important variables include:
Below is a chart designed to provide you with a quick understanding of what devices are currently available on the market:
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