Evaluate the health of your heart and lungs

If you’ve experienced symptoms such as shortness of breath, chronic coughing, wheezing or chest discomfort, it’s important to get it evaluated as soon as possible. Oftentimes, allowing these issues to linger unchecked can lead to much more serious health problems. Meet with one of our pulmonologists at Meliora Healthcare to see if you may benefit from undergoing exercise testing.

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What Is It?

A CPET is an exercise stress test with either a stationary bike or treadmill with added components to provide a deeper analysis into the exercise-related physiological performance of the heart, lungs, circulation and musculoskeletal systems of the body. An electrocardiogram (EKG), oxygen monitor and blood pressure monitor will also be performed to assess changes in a person’s heart electrical activity, heart rate and blood pressure in response to exercise. Lung function is measured at the beginning of the test at the resting phase and also during the exercise phase. Results from the test will be used by the doctor to evaluate peak exercise fitness and to determine to cause of breathlessness, as well as to potentially evaluate response to treatment in certain cardiac and pulmonary conditions.

What Is Exercise Testing?

Exercise testing, also known as cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) or stress testing, is an exercise stress test with either a stationary bike or treadmill with added components to provide a deeper analysis into the exercise-related physiological performance of the heart, lungs, circulation and musculoskeletal systems of the body. An electrocardiogram (EKG), oxygen monitor and blood pressure monitor will also be performed to assess changes in a person’s heart electrical activity, heart rate and blood pressure in response to exercise. Lung function is measured at the beginning of the test at the resting phase and also during the exercise phase. Results from the test will be used by the doctor to evaluate peak exercise fitness and to determine to cause of breathlessness, as well as to potentially evaluate response to treatment in certain cardiac and pulmonary conditions.

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What Should I Expect?

  • You’ll need avoid any strenuous exercise in the 24-48 hours prior to the test and wear comfortable clothes the day of the test. 
  • You may be instructed to continue taking your prescribed medications or stop taking your medications up to 3 days before the test. It’s recommended to have a light meal at least 3 hours before the appointment. Do not drink caffeine, carbonated or alcoholic beverages on the day of the test and do not smoke for at least 8 hours before the test. 
  • Male patients may need to shave their chest before the appointment since EKG electrodes will be attached to your chest for the test. 
  • Your weight and height will be measured and recorded. You will undergo a lung function test before starting. Electrodes will be pasted on your chest for EKG monitoring. You resting EKG and vital signs will be measured. You will then be required to wear a specialized facemask to monitor your breathing during the test. A pulse oximeter will also be placed on your finger to measure your oxygen saturations during exercise.
  • Generally, CPET does not require any recovery time, and you should be able to back to your normal activities following completion of the test

Exercise Testing FAQ

How long do CPETs take?

How long will it take to get my results?

Are CPETs safe?

How long do CPETs take?

The length of the procedure is usually between 20-40 minutes.

How long will it take to get my results?

Your doctor will discuss the results with you at your next visit, but you can usually find the result on the patient portal within 1 week.

Are CPETs safe?

CPETs are very safe with a very low risk of complications as they are not invasive procedures. Your vital signs and EKG will be monitored closely during the test to ensure your safety.

Why Choose Meliora Healthcare for Exercise Testing in Naples?

At Meliora Healthcare, your exercise testing will be administered by our skilled team of highly respected pulmonologists and respiratory technicians. Our board-certified doctors take the time to provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan that caters to their unique needs and goals. Every member of our team takes great pride in guiding and supporting their patients as they work to achieve better health and wellness. At Meliora, we leverage the latest medical advancements, offering state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments that lead to accurate diagnoses and effective solutions. If you’re ready to schedule your appointment or would like to learn more, simply contact our office today.

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