What Might the Test Find?

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the disorder, occurs when the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse and block the airway during sleep, according to WebMD. The second form, central sleep apnea, occurs when the brain does not signal the muscles to breathe.

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Pulmonary Test Options in Queens, NY

is a pulmonologist treating patients in Queens, New York, and the surrounding communities. He is affiliated with facilities including the Flushing Hospital Medical Center and New York Hospital Queens. He also holds Board certification in both internal medicine and pulmonary disease. For his undergraduate degree, Dr. Pineles attended New York University. He pursued his medical degree at the State University of New York Downstate. Dr. Pineles continued his medical education at Brookdale Hospital. Here, he completed internship and residency programs in internal medicine and completed a fellowship focused on pulmonary medicine. Patients visiting Dr. Pineles can receive a full range of medical services. He provides general pulmonology consultations and treatment for specific illnesses and issues. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Pineles has also served as an instructor in medicine at S.U.N.Y. Downstate. 

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Meet the Business Owner Edward Pineles M.D.

Edward P. Business Owner Education: Medical School - State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Internship in Internal Medicine The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Residency in Internal Medicine The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine

Certifications: Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Diseases

Undergraduate School: NYU

Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn

What are some side effects of sleep apnea?

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.

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleeping, causing periodic pauses in breathing, MedlinePlus states.

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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.

For some of the test measurements, you can breathe normally and quietly. Other tests require forced inhalation or exhalation after a deep breath.

Sometimes, you will be asked to inhale a different gas or a medicine to see how it changes your test results.

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.


How Does the Test Work?

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In a spirometry test, while you are sitting, you breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to an instrument called a spirometer.

The spirometer records the amount and the rate of air that you breathe in and out over a period of time. When standing, some numbers might be slightly different.

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Pulmonary function tests are a group of tests that measure breathing and how well the lungs are functioning.

How the Test is Performed

Spirometry measures airflow. By measuring how much air you exhale, and how quickly you exhale, spirometry can evaluate a broad range of lung diseases.

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