Spirometry Testing

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Spirometry testing is a clinical procedure that employs a calibrated machine designed to measure the functionality of the lungs against variables that may indicate the presence of conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The forced vital capacity (FVC), or rated expulsion of air, as well as forced expiratory volume (FEV), the cumulative amount of air expelled, are baseline indexes for determining healthy lungs in patients. 

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A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is often an umbrella term in Canada for many cardiorespiratory conditions including asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Laboratory technicians use spirometry testing as a criterion for noting breathing pattern anomalies based on comparative analysis from test findings against normative range values as biomarkers for asthma or COPD-based cases. Early spirometry testing can help modulate the long-term effects via diagnosis and medical intervention techniques to stem the progression of a COPD-related case where symptoms such as coughing fits, wheezing spells, and shortness of breath are primary culprits.  

Research studies indicate that workplace environments are often hotbeds for airborne contaminants including dust particles, chemical fumes, noxious gases, and toxic vapors. It is imperative to utilize spirometry testing to establish healthy lungs against base statistics that point to a morbidity rate leveling health risk factors including arthritis, diabetes, and stroke proportionate to cases of individuals believed to have COPD. 

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