This test will be performed in the Pulmonary Function Lab (Module B6/2), at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, 600 Highland Avenue. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to allow time to complete the registration process.
Finding your way.
From the parking ramp you will enter through the main Hospital Entrance. Follow the brown pathway past the “D” elevator lobby to “Clinic Registration”. Upon completing registration you will be directed to the Pulmonary Function Lab “Check In” area.
What is an exercise challenge?
This is a breathing test that will help your doctor check if your airway gets tighter when you exercise. You will be asked to exercise on a treadmill or cycle for 6 to 10 minutes. Breathing tests will be done before and after exercise. Your pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen level will also be monitored. This test will take 30 to 90 minutes.
How do I prepare for this test?
• Do not exercise or eat a heavy meal for at least four hours before the test.
• Do not have any caffeine, coffee, tea, cola drinks or chocolate.
• Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and exercise shoes.
• If you have or have had a recent cold, flu or other illness this test will need to be scheduled two weeks following the end of your illness.
• Do not smoke on the day of the test.
• You will be asked to hold certain medicines before this test:
Albuterol: Hold 8 hours
Atrovent, Combivent, Singulair®, Spiriva®, or theophylline: Hold 24 hours
Serevent®, Flovent®, or Advair®: Hold 48 hours
Antihistamines: Hold 96 hours
Prednisone: 6 weeks
Please hold ___________________________ for ___________________.
How will I feel after the test?
You should feel fine after this test. If you have any shortness of breath or wheezing you may be given a few puffs of medicine from an albuterol inhaler to get rid of these symptoms. Albuterol may, but does not always cause one to feel slightly shaky for a short time. You will be able to eat, drink, and keep your normal routine after the test. Your doctor will discuss your test results with you.
If you have any questions or concerns before the test, please call:
UWHC Pulmonary Function Lab: (608) 263-7000, Monday-Friday 0800-4:30.
Toll free 1-800-323-8942, ask for Pulmonary Function Lab.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 07/16/2012
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