Free tests will determine lung function

Free tests will determine lung function

CHAMPAIGN — Are you a past or current smoker?

Do you ever get breathless climbing the stairs?

Those are two of the reasons to consider getting your lung function tested, according to the organizers of World Spirometry Day, set for June 27.

Spirometry is a test measuring lung function, and Christie Clinic plans to mark World Spirometry Day by offering free spirometry tests to the public throughout the day.

The tests will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the atrium at the clinic's downtown Champaign building at 101 W. University Ave., C.

The spirometry test painlessly evaluates lung function by measuring the amount of air in the lungs and how it flows. People breathe into a mouthpiece attached to a spirometer to take the test.

In addition to testing, there will be information on lung health, free ice cream and information about CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines used to treat sleep apnea, according to Christie Clinic.

Spirometry tests can be an early detector of lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

World Spirometry Day was initiated by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies in collaboration with the European Lung Foundation.

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