What are some side effects of sleep apnea?
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One disorder that a pulmonary test can find is sleep apnea. If you have untreated sleep apnea, you likely have trouble sleeping and feel very tired when you awaken despite getting enough hours of sleep. If this sounds accurate, pulmonary testing is vital so you can get a diagnosis and treatment and begin to sleep soundly.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
How the Test is Performed
Breathing is not just a luxury - it's a necessity. Many different things can affect breathing, so if you're having trouble breathing, you likely need a pulmonary test. This test is noninvasive and will assess how well your lungs function. At Edward S Pineles M.D, we perform pulmonary testing for patients near Queens, NY, so we can help you breathe easy.
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Pulmonary function tests involve a variety of methods, so your doctor will decide which test or combination of tests will work best in your situation. All of the tests include a spirometry test, in which you breathe into a mouthpiece that can record the rate at which you breathe over a period of time.
While you're connected to the spirometer, you might be asked to breathe deeply, exhale forcefully, breathe normally, or breathe a different gas, depending on what your doctor asks. If we are testing for sleep apnea, some of these tests may need to continue overnight to measure your breathing as you sleep.
At Edward S Pineles M.D, these tests are performed under the direction of a trained medical professional, so you can rest assured that we'll keep you safe and only do what's necessary for your health.
If you want to learn more about our board-certified physician, Dr. Pineles, or if you would like to set up a pulmonology consultation, call (718) 268-2036.
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