Test date______________________ Test time______________________
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
Finding your way.
From valet or 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 function
changes 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?
ξ Do not exercise or eat a heavy meal for at least four hours before the test.
ξ Do not have any caffeine, coffee, tea, cola drinks or chocolate.
ξ Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and exercise shoes.
ξ 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.
ξ Do not smoke on the day of the test.
You will be asked to hold certain medicines before this test:
ξ Albuterol: Hold 8 hours
ξ Atrovent, Combivent, Singulair®, Spiriva®, or theophylline: Hold 24 hours
ξ Serevent®, Flovent®, or Advair®: Hold 48 hours
ξ Antihistamines: Hold 96 hours
ξ 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.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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