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How do exercise tests help diagnose idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)?

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It measures how well your lungs push oxygen through your bloodstream while you're moving around. You may have to walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike while hooked up to devices that measure your heart rate, blood pressure, and how much oxygen is in your blood.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library.

Lab Tests Online (American Association for Clinical Chemistry).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library.

Lab Tests Online (American Association for Clinical Chemistry).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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