In the morning of a gloomy and rainy day in June, 2012, Dr. Michael McErlain, a 45 year old Army Surgeon strapped on his shoes to complete 44 mile marathon in Normandy, France. He was in good shape and mentally ready to compete and complete the marathon, after all, it was for charity. Little did anyone know that the doctor’s famed marathon run after completing 44 miles would also be his last. Dr. McErlain died due to an unexplainable and undiagnosed heart and pulmonary condition. He was ‘supremely fit’. Surprising right? Once we read more into it, the surprises turn into fear.
Just like the good doctor, there have been many other fitness and gym enthusiasts who pushed their limits everyday or decide to push their limits suddenly without an adequate fitness checkup.
Preventive health check on lungs and heart is necessary and its importance is usually completely ignored until something grave happens. Like death.
Pulmonary Fitness Check: What is it and Why is it needed?
At some point of time, you feel breathless after indulging in a strenuous activity. Be it running, walking continuously, gymming and so on. Though you deem it being a common condition, you go on exercising. But what if its a sign our lungs give, that it cannot take anymore? In this case, to know the limits of your lungs, a Pulmonary Fitness Check is done as a part of a fitness checkup package.
Pulmonary fitness check is mainly to measure how well the lungs of a person works. This test is usually done when:
- A person is facing some symptoms of lung problems
- As a part of a routine physical.
- To check and monitor treatments for lung diseases.
Pulmonary fitness tests should be taken before indulging in strenuous activities and exercises so that your lungs do not give up on you while you are trying to make it better.
Why is a Pulmonary Fitness Check done?
Feeling breathless is symptom when the condition might be far worse. If you do not take this seriously and get a fitness checkup, the condition in the lungs might get worse. A Pulmonary Fitness Check, method of Fitness Checkup is used to diagnose the following:
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Respiratory Infections
- Lung Fibrosis
- Lung Cancer
Preparing for a Pulmonary Fitness Check:
After a long day at the gym, exercising and lifting weights, you feel breathless at some point. But to make sure that the breathless isn’t a symptom for something far worse in the lungs, a Pulmonary Fitness Check is essential as a part of a Fitness checkup.
Pulmonary fitness test includes chest X-ray, pulmonary function test (PFT), Ct scan of the chest and a few more blood tests if deemed necessary by the Pulmonologist.
A person should stop all kinds of medication related to opening of airways such as medications for asthma and bronchitis before the Fitness check up.
Along with medications for asthma, any kind of pain medication should also be on a halt while taking the fitness checkup involving pulmonary fitness check. A full meal should be avoided before the fitness checkup and also any kinds of food which contains caffeine such as coffee, tea and chocolates as well. Smoking and any kind of strenuous exercise should be avoided before the Pulmonary Fitness Check.
Nobody would want to strive to be fit and still face health issues pertaining to different organs in the body. It is very necessary to inculcate the habit of having full fledged fitness checkup before hitting the gym so that a preventive health check measure is in place. We, at Sunshine Hospitals, provide Health Checkup Packages with Consultation as well so that fitness enthusiasts can work on their health and body without any kind of fear.
About the Doctor:
Dr J. Raghunath Reddy, Consulting Pulmonologist at Sunshine Hospitals has been a revered practitioner in the field. His vast experiences in many other sections such as Critical Care & Sleep, Emergency and General Medicine has helped the hospital dealing with some complex cases before. He is trained in interventions like Bronchoscopy, Thoracoscopy, EBUS (Endobronchial Ultrasound) and Rigid Bronchoscopy. Overall Dr J.Raghunath Reddy offers a wide range of expertise and treatment solutions in Pulmonology.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.