Spirometer Testing

By: Rachel Calderon
By: Rachel Calderon

Fred McLouth of Lansing has just a few minutes before he has to leave to pick up his grandson. But in that time, he'll have a general idea about the health of his lungs.

It's not a clinical diagnosis, but an intense blow into a spirometer can give patients some helpful information.

"This test can give people a guideline on what to do, should they see a physician or change the way the live their lifestyles," Steve Springer, American Lung Association.

Although Fred is 66 years old, test results show he has the lungs of a 73 year old. He has a pretty good idea why.

"I smoked three boxes of cigars a week. I quite five or six years ago though because my grandson wanted me to," said Fred.

The free screenings at the Allen Neighborhood Center were part of a morning discussion with the American Lung Association on asthma and other breathing ailments. Approximately 15 million Americans including five million children suffer from asthma.

More free screenings are available on Mon. Feb. 23 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, Feb, 27 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call the Allen Neighborhood Center at 485-7630


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