Exercise limitation and clinical exercise testing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Clin Chest Med. 1994 Jun;15(2):305-26.


Clinical exercise testing is an important tool in assessment of exercise limitation in COPD patients, in assessment of physiologic and psychological factors that contribute to exercise limitation, and in the differential diagnosis of cardiorespiratory disease. Further studies that examine the clinical utility of exercise testing are needed because there are currently insufficient data regarding the utility of many exercise variables.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acidosis, Respiratory / metabolism
  • Acidosis, Respiratory / physiopathology
  • Blood Gas Analysis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Exercise Test*
  • Exercise Tolerance
  • Heart Function Tests
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / diagnosis
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / metabolism
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / physiopathology*
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Oxygen / physiology*
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Respiration / physiology
  • Respiratory Mechanics / physiology
  • Respiratory Muscles / physiopathology


  • Oxygen