New research suggests that doctors consider ordering exercise tests unless there’s good reason not to, reports Physician’s Briefing.
The researchers note that the cardiopulmonary exercise test is a useful prognostic tool for evaluation of several pathological conditions. A cardiopulmonary test should always be performed if not contraindicated; to better stratify patient risk, it should be integrated with clinical, laboratory, and hemodynamic parameters.
The cardiopulmonary exercise test is important in all stages of patient management in heart failure, from diagnosis to risk assessment. When included in a multiparametric risk stratification methodology, the prognostic role of cardiopulmonary exercise test in heart failure is amplified.
Cardiopulmonary exercise test parameters may help assess the risk of adverse events in respiratory disorders and pulmonary hypertension. The cardiopulmonary exercise test may also help identify the presence of concurrent cardiac and respiratory disorders.
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