Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing
At the office of North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, our goals are to help patients breathe easier and maintain optimal wellness.
While shortness of breath with exercise, also known as exertional dyspnea, might be indicative of neuromuscular, psychogenic, or systemic illness, it’s one of the most common symptoms of pulmonary and cardiovascular disease. For this reason, cardiopulmonary stress testing plays a significant role in identifying and managing conditions affecting the heart and lungs.
Why perform a cardiopulmonary stress test?
By performing a cardiopulmonary stress test, our office can determine how well your heart and lungs function during periods of exertion. Because issues during exertion appear sooner than ones at rest, a cardiopulmonary stress test makes it possible to detect harmful conditions at an earlier stage; sometimes, even before a patient is fully aware that a problem is present.
Leading-edge technology and advanced methods of care
As providers of state-of-the-art care, we use the latest technology to make diagnosis and treatment more comfortable, convenient, and precise. With the Shape-HFTM Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System, our office can measure and quantify exertional dyspnea to determine a patient’s functional capacity, the risk for potentially life-threatening complications, and gather the necessary information to make well-informed decisions on care. As a patient exercises, we measure the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in the inhaled and exhaled air as well as well as the airflow, heart rate, and blood/oxygen saturation.
Easy on patients, the Shape-HFTM Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System offers low-intensity testing protocols to avoid undue physical stress while providing accurate results in minutes. It can also track a patient’s progress and assess the response to therapeutic care.