This article explains the WheezeRate principle.
Wheezing is an abnormal breath sound that serves as a physiological sign of airflow limitation in the lungs. WheezeRate is the percentage of the recorded breath sounds occupied by wheeze.
For example, a WheezeRate of 10% indicates that over a recording period of 30 seconds, one-tenth of the breathing contained wheeze, or put another way, 3 seconds of the 30-second recording contained wheeze.
Your physician may have suggested you use wheezo® to record and detect wheeze when you are not in the doctor’s clinic. The history of your WheezeRates and the recordings help you and your doctor build a better understanding of your symptoms. The more data and recordings you have, the clearer picture your doctor has about how wheeze affects you. Logging self-reported information about symptoms and possible triggers is also very valuable information for your doctor.
- Individual WheezeRates vary, a doctor can review the trends and if WheezeRate remains elevated, this may help with their holistic review.
- Therefore, a licensed healthcare professional’s advice is required to understand the meaning and importance of the wheezo® readings for you.
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wheezo® is not intended for diagnostic use. wheezo® is intended to detect and record abnormal breath sounds (continuous adventitious breath sounds/CABS) at the windpipe (trachea), reported as WheezeRate in adults and children (2 years and older).
When used to monitor wheeze, the user should be under the care of a licensed healthcare professional. A licensed healthcare professional’s advice is required to understand the meaning and importance of wheeze rate.
If the user is feeling breathless, or experiencing other symptoms, it is important to prioritise treatment over taking a wheeze rate. Do not delay treatment. Regardless of the wheeze rate, if the user has signs and symptoms such as, but not limited to, chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, they should always follow their healthcare professional’s advice.