Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test

The Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test measures your body’s oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide production while you ride a stationary bike at increasing difficulty.

This provides information about how your heart and lungs are functioning.

The test takes 120 minutes.

Special Preparations: (day of test)

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment
  • Bring your insurance card and any physician orders
  • Ensure that you are well rested and adequately hydrated on the morning of the test
  • Avoid a full stomach by not eating 2 hours before test
  • Wear sturdy shoes such as sneakers; no sandals
  • Wear loose fitting or comfortable clothing that will permit you to move your legs freely
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco or other stimulants within 8 hours of the test
  • Take your regular scheduled medications as normal (unless otherwise instructed)
  • Do not exercise for 24 hours prior to the test
  • Do not apply skin lotion the day of testing (prevents heart monitor pads from sticking)
  • No lipstick, lip balm or chap-stick
  • No unwire bras (preferably a sports bra)
  • Remove any nail polish (for quality pulse oximetry readings)