Cardiopulmonary Stress Test:
Fort Hamilton Hospital and Kettering Medical Center are the only hospitals in Kettering Network currently performing Cardio-Pulmonary exercise (metabolic) stress testing (CPET).
The indications for CPET include:
- Evaluation of exercise tolerance and determination of exercise limiting factors;
- Evaluation of undiagnosed dyspnea with symptoms disproportionate to resting pulmonary and cardiac tests;
- Evaluation of patients with cardiovascular diseases including functional evaluation and prognosis in patients with heart failure;
- Evaluation of patients with respiratory diseases, establishing exercise limitations and assessing other potential contributing factors, especially occult heart disease (ischemia), detection of early (occult) gas exchange abnormalities and determination of magnitude of hypoxemia;
- Preoperative evaluation, primarily for lung resection and to predict mortality in patients undergoing major surgery;
- Evaluation of impairment/disability;
- Evaluation for lung and/or heart transplantation.
At Fort Hamilton Hospital, the test is performed by the combined effort of the Pulmonary Function Tests and Stress Test departments and can be easily scheduled and supervised/interpreted by the Board-certified pulmonologist.