Diagnostic Tests for Asthma


Tests and diagnosis discussion for Asthma: Peak flow meters can help you find out what your triggers are. Peak flow meters measure how well you are breathing. The peak flow meter is simple and small. It can be used at home or at work. Talk to your doctor about this.1

Several tests may be needed to tell what is causing your symptoms. These tests include spirometry (to measure how open your airways are), a chest x-ray, an electrocardiogram (to show whether you have heart disease), and a blood test. Accurate diagnosis is important because asthma is treated differently from other diseases with similar symptoms. 2

Diagnosis of Asthma: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to diagnosis of Asthma:

1. excerpt from NHLBI - Your Asthma Can Be Controlled: NHLBI
2. excerpt from NHLBI, Asthma Age Page: NHLBI

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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