There is a wide range of testing that can be done at pulmonary visits. Some people see their PH specialist a few times a year, and others see them every few months. Usually at each visit I have had some kind of testing done with an exercise physiologists and a respiratory therapist before seeing my doctor. I am going to an appointment at the end of the month with my PH specialist.
Because he moved to a new hospital, it is treated as a first patient appointment and I have to unfortunately repeat the testing that I already had done before. This includes: the step test (which is a variation of the 6 minute walk test). Instead of walking, I am walking up stairs and measuring my breathing and oxygen levels. I also need to have a pulmonary function test done so that it is a part of his new records. I’m sure there also might be some labs done after the visit depending on what he thinks I need.
What tests do you usually get done when you see your pulmonary doctors? Does this testing happen just once a year when you see them, when you are having changes in symptoms, or does it happen every time you go? Share your experiences here in our forums.
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