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Why do a cardiopulmonary exercise test? 

Why do a cardiopulmonary exercise test?
Why do a cardiopulmonary exercise test?

William Kinnear

and John Blakey

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date: 27 July 2021

A cardio-pulmonary exercise (CPEX) test involves measurements of cardiac and respiratory function whilst the subject exercises up to their maximum capacity. A CPEX can be useful tool to diagnose heart and lung disease, to work out why someone is breathless and to quantify fitness. Pre-operative CPEX testing allows stratification of surgical risk and planning of post-operative care.

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