Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

Physical activity is critical to your overall health and factors into most wellness plans. Virginia Family Medicine offers Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) at our Tysons II location in Vienna, Virginia. CPET is a noninvasive method to determine the performance of your heart and lungs at rest and during exercise using a stationary bicycle. Call Virginia Family Medicine or make an appointment online today.

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Q & A

What is Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)?

CPET has become an important clinical tool to evaluate the pulmonary, cardiovascular and skeletal muscle systems, which are not adequately reflected through the measurement of individual organ system function. The test measures maximal oxygen uptake, which is the maximum amount of oxygen a person can utilize during intense exercise. This test is based on the premise that the more oxygen a person can consume, the more efficient their lungs and heart are performing at rest and during exercise.

What Conditions Benefit from CPET?

This test is useful for the evaluation of exercise tolerance and aerobic capacity. CPET is also useful for patients with cardiovascular disease, preoperative evaluations, and evaluation of impairment or disability.

What Should I Expect During Exercise Physiology?

During your first appointment, your Virginia Family Medicine provider performs a comprehensive exam to collect your case history and assess your physical capabilities. They use this information to create a program and set appropriate short- and long-term goals to keep you motivated and on track. 

Call Virginia Family Medicine or make an appointment online today to learn more about exercise physiology and how it can enhance your health and physical fitness.