COVID-19: Find information on how we’re keeping you safe here.

To top

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)

What is a CPET?

A cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) is a non-invasive ECG used to assess the performance of the heart and lungs when exercising and when resting. The test is carried out whilst you are exercising in order to detect any changes in your heart.

During the test, your blood pressure will be measured at the same time. You will also wear a mask to assess Oxygen (O2) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels.

Metabolic Exercise Test (MVO2)

Why would I need a CPET?

A CEPT is used to test patients who have shown signs of heart or lung disease. In addition, this test may be used to assess patients currently in rehabilitation from major illness, or to test patients scheduled for major surgery.


What can I expect from a CPET?

A CEPT usually takes about 40 minutes and is far more valuable if you give it maximum effort.

Before you come to OneWelbeck Heart Health you will be asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Ensure you don’t eat any big or heavy meals before taking this test.

Small sticky electrode pads will be placed onto your chest which are connected to wires, and you will be asked to wear a breathing mask. Your consultant will take your blood pressure before you start the test. You will then me asked to sit upright on an exercise bike. The pace of the bike will be slowly increased, and you will be asked to continue the test until enough information has been obtained. The breathing mask will measure each breath to assess how the body is performing as well as the capacity and strength of the lungs. The sticky electrodes will monitor your heart rate.

Your results will be sent to you, or the person who referred you, but your consultant (if available) will be able to give you an informal result straight after your test. It is a complex test and will need specialist reporting.

OneWelbeck app

OneWelbeck patients will be offered the use of the MyRecovery smartphone app. This doctor-designed app acts as a mobile patient companion to guide you through the steps to prepare for the cardiopulmonary exercise testing and prevent and delays to your care.

The app will use two methods to provide you with a seamless cardiopulmonary exercise testing experience by offering you the right information at the right time through:

  • Video messages from your consultant and clinical team
  • Pre-procedure checklists that are visible to you and your clinical team

Contact Us

To ask a question about Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing at OneWelbeck or to book an appointment, contact our team today.
We are available from Monday to Friday: 8am – 8pm.