This ERS course is designed to provide an overview of the physiological basis of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). Through a mix of lectures, pre-recorded procedures with commentary and small-group case presentation and tutorials, the course covers:
the physiological responses to and limitations of CPET.
how to run an incremental exercise testing programme and to interpret CPET key variables.
the metabolic, ventilatory, and cardiovascular response to incremental exercise.
equipment and methodologies.
the metabolic, ventilatory, and cardiovascular limitation to exercise.
the pulmonary gas exchange and pulmonary vascular limitation to exercise.
field testing and methods for assessing physical activity.
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