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Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is one of the core diagnostic tests available to pulmonologists and sports medicine practitioners. These tests, which provide insight into normal exercise physiology and the physiologic derangements that occur in many disease states, can be used for a variety of purposes including:
This page contains several resources designed to help you learn more about the physiology of exercise and develop and/or improve skills in cardiopulmonary exercise test interpretation. These resources include a primer on cardiopulmonary exercise testing and links to other resources on this topic.
A Primer on Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
by Andrew M. Luks, MD, Robb Glenny, MD, and H. Thomas Robertson, MD
Click to download the entire primer as a single PDF: Introduction to Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing [2M PDF*]
Click to download the entire primer as a PDF Portfolio (required Adobe Acrobat Reader): Introduction to Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing [2M PDF*]
To download individual sections of the primer, select one of these links (all will open in a new window):
ATS/ACCP* Statement on Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
The "Statement on Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing" can be accessed through the website for the American Thoracic Society:
You can also access the ATS/ACCP Statement throught these links:
* American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)
Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine
The Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Website
*Software capable of displaying a PDF is required for viewing or printing. You may download a free copy of Adobe Reader from the Adobe website.
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