Tag Archives: Peak Flow test

If you have severe asthma during pregnancy

You, your asthma team and your midwifery team should work together to help you during your pregnancy. You may need additional check ups such as lung function tests, spirometry or peak flow tests. You may also be offered additional checks for your baby such as ultrasound scans and checks for your baby’s movements and position. […]

What is a normal peak flow?

A chart called a ‘nomogram’ can be used to estimate your predicted peak flow if you are male or female, your age and height. It is important to remember that everyone is different and you should be guided by what is normal for you. Measuring your peak flow when you feel well will establish your […]

When should you measure your peak flow?

You should measure your peak flow in the morning and evening before taking your inhalers or as advised by your doctor or nurse. Peak flow changes throughout the day and it can be slightly lower in the morning than the evening. Download your own peak flow template: Peak flow diary template [.pdf, 234KB]

What is a peak flow?

Not all people with COPD will be asked to monitor their peak flow, however, your GP may recommend this for you. Peak flow is a measurement of how fast you can blow air out of your lungs. It shows how wide your airways are at the time of taking the test. It can be helpful […]

Breathing tests to confirm asthma – Peak Flow

Peak expiratory flow (peak flow) measures tightness in the larger breathing tubes or ‘upper airways’. You will be asked to take a deep breath in, and blow ‘hard and quickly’ into the peak flow meter. Sometimes you will be asked to do this before and after some puffs of inhaler. Sometimes you will be asked […]