Clinical exercise testing

Clin Chest Med. 2001 Dec;22(4):679-701, viii. doi: 10.1016/s0272-5231(05)70060-5.


Clinical exercise testing is increasingly being utilized in clinical practice because of the valuable, often unique information that it provides in patient diagnosis and management. This is also due to a growing awareness that resting cardiopulmonary measurements provide an unreliable estimate of functional capacity. A continuum of exercise testing modalities for functional evaluation from "low tech" to "high tech" will be discussed. These include the six minute walk test, shuttle walk test, exercise induced bronchoconstriction test, cardiac stress test, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. The main focus of this article will be cardiopulmonary exercise testing including indications, important measurements, salient methodological considerations, and interpretation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Exercise Test*
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis
  • Heart Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Lung / physiopathology*
  • Oxygen Consumption