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Cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET)

An assessment of your heart and lung function

A CPET tests how well your heart and lungs work during exercise by monitoring heart rate, blood pressure and breathing

About

A cardiopulmonary exercise test is designed to measure how your heart and lungs respond to exercise. During the test, we'll monitor your heart rate and blood pressure, along with your oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide output while you cycle on a stationary bicycle.

Need to know

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    Special sensors will be attached to your chest using small sticky pads. These sensors are connected to an electrocardiogram (ECG) recording machine to track the electrical signals that make your heart beat. Your blood pressure will also be monitored. And you'll be fitted with a special face mask, which measures your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels as you breathe. The test involves pedalling on a special stationary exercise bike. You'll start out at a slow speed and gradually increase the speed and resistance. You'll be asked to you push yourself to the best of your ability during the test, which lasts around 15 minutes.
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    Your consultant will explain the test to you and answer any questions you may have. They'll let you know if there is anything specific you need to do to prepare. This may include avoiding caffeine and certain medications before your test. You'll also need to wear comfortable clothes appropriate for exercise.
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    The test itself isn't painful, but you may feel tired afterwards. Your consultant will discuss your test results with you and let you know any next steps, including further health assessments if needed.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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