Understanding the basics of cardiopulmonary exercise testing

Mayo Clin Proc. 2006 Dec;81(12):1603-11. doi: 10.4065/81.12.1603.


Cardiopulmonary exercise testing adds important additional information to that provided by the standard exercise test. In particular, cardiopulmonary exercise testing provides precise determination of aerobic capacity, the causes of dyspnea with exertion, and prognosis in patients with systolic heart failure. This review provides basic, practical information about cardiopulmonary exercise testing for the clinician.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disability Evaluation
  • Exercise Test*
  • Heart Failure / diagnosis
  • Heart Failure / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Oxygen Consumption / physiology*
  • Prognosis
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange