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Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test (CPET)

What is a CPET test?

A cardiopulmonary exercise test is a detailed evaluation of exercise performance assessing heart, lung and muscle function. Using ECG, blood pressure, ventilation, breathing pattern and frequency via a face mask, oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production and oxygen saturations provides a complete picture of all the organs involved in the exercise response. It requires dedicated and trained staff performing the tests on a regular basis and a physician with experience in reporting the final dataset.

The test is used for multiple purposes including

  • Evaluation of exercise / athletic performance
  • Evaluation of undiagnosed exercise intolerance, looking for cardiac versus respiratory limitation
  • Evaluation of patients with cardiovascular diseases
  • Evaluation of patients with respiratory disease/symptoms
  • Pre-operative evaluations
  • Exercise evaluation of prescription for pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Evaluation of impairment / disability
  • Evaluation for lung, heart, and heart lung transplantation