What is cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET)?
- CPET is a safe non-invasive test that measures how well your heart, lungs, and muscles function during exercise. We measure the amount of oxygen consumed and the amount of carbon dioxide produced during exercise.
- CPET provides information for:
- Early stage heart disease BEFORE you have complications
- Establish a baseline to guide future management of your health
- Customize therapies
- Get a personalized exercise prescription
What is involved in a CPET?
- Pedal a stationary exercise bike for approximately 15 minutes
- EKG will monitor and analyze your heart during exercise
- A mask will measure gas exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide until you reach your maximum oxygen consumption (VO2 Max)
- Blood pressure is monitored during the procedure and your response to exercise
- Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) for spirometry, lung volumes, max voluntary ventilation
Why should I get a CPET?
- Cardiorespiratory fitness is the #1 predictor of longevity and all cause mortality.
- CPET is 4 times more sensitive for detection of early heart disease than standard tests such as treadmill tests, nuclear scans, and CT scans
- Able to evaluate microvascular dysfunction where small arteries can be damaged prior to the large arteries
What do we do with the results of the CPET?
- We use nutritional therapy, food plans, lifestyle interventions, and medications to improve CPET parameters, symptoms, and prognosis
Who should get tested with the CPET?
- Those with known heart disease and want to reduce their risk. CPET aids in the evaluation of coronary artery disease, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, atrial fibrillation and other arrythmias, diabetes, heart failure, high cholesterol
- CPET is used to evaluate fitness and endurance in athletes. It provides a deeper understanding of the physiological limiting factores involved during high levels of exercise
- VO2 max testing is performed on a stationary exercise bike
- Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the United States.
- Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is one of the most sensitive measures to help detect early stages heart disease
Recently the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in November 2018 stated that cardiac fitness measured by a cardiopulmonary exercise test was the number one predictor of all cause mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiac mortality in healthy men and women.
Sadly, this test is offered by so few offices in the nation. If you would like have your CPET done, call 303-500-3038 to schedule an appointment.