Useful Information for Patients


What is a bronchoscopy?

A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that is done so that your respiratory specialist can look in your airways. A thin flexible tube with a camera will be inserted through your month or nose and will passed down through your windpipe (trachea) and then your airways.

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Lung Function Test

Patient information for lung function testing

You doctor may refer you to have a lung function test to assess how well your lungs are working or to investigate respiratory symptoms such as chronic cough or shortness of breath. The following list describes respiratory function test which are commonly performed at our laboratory. Prior to attending your appointment check if you need to do anything to prepare for your test.

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Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is performed to evaluate your capacity to exercise. It will assess how well your lungs, heart and muscles tolerate exercise and may assist in finding a cause for unexplained shortness of breath.

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Healthy Sleep In Adults (Ref: American Thoracic Society)

Sleep is a reversible state of decreased responsiveness and activity defined by changes in a person’s brain wave activity. Sleep is actually a very active process that involves a number of physiologic changes in organs of the body. Research has shown that sleep is needed for many important functions, including formation of memories, release of important hormones such as those for growth and appetite, and muscle repair, but the main purpose of sleep is currently unknown.

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Sleep Studies

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study is a test that is performed to find out how well you sleep and will be useful in evaluating many sleep problems.

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Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Aponea

What causes Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Aponea?

Asthma Today (Ref: American Thoracic Society)

There is currently no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled with medicine and lifestyle changes. You should work with your health care provider to develop a personalized asthma management plan. Tell your health care provider about your symptoms and how they affect your life, as well as what triggers your asthma. Triggers are those things that lead to asthma symptoms and make your asthma worse.

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Asthma Phenotypes

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Ref: American Thoracic Society)

If you have shortness of breath because of lung problems, you may have asked yourself:

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) (Ref: American College of Chest Physicians)

Learn About Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare and serious disease that happens when there is high blood pressure in the lungs. PAH is caused when the small blood vessels in your lungs become narrowed and scarred. PAH is one of five types of pulmonary hypertension (PH). PAH can be hard to diagnose and treat unless you work closely with your doctor and medical team.

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) (Ref: American Thoracic Society)

What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?

To understand pulmonary hypertension (PH) it helps to understand how blood !ows throughout your body. While the heart is one organ, it works like two pumps that are connected to one another. There is a left side and a right side of the heart, each with two different jobs.

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Patient Medication Withholding Chart (Ref: Aridol Mannitol)

The following may decrease bronchial hyperresponsiveness and should be withheld prior to taking an Aridol mannitol test.

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RSDC Home-Based Sleep Study

Thank you for choosing to perform a home-based sleep study with our clinic. Our aim is to make your night’s sleep as normal and comfortable as possible. Our highly experienced staff will help you with all facets of this study.

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