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The Mass General Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) Laboratory is a national referral center for evaluating symptoms that arise during physical activity. The CPET laboratory provides a wide variety of evaluations, ranging from resting measurements of metabolic rate to comprehensive exercise studies that rely on direct measurements of heart and lung performance to precisely define which organ system is limiting exercise capacity. The laboratory also serves as a core laboratory for the National Institutes of Health and performs leading edge research related to how to improve exercise capacity across a wide spectrum of patients with heart and lung conditions.
The primary purpose of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is to carefully assess how your lungs, heart, blood vessels and muscles perform during an exercise challenge. Measurement of the amount of oxygen your body can use during exercise along with other indices of heart and lung function provides important information about overall health status and prognosis for specific diseases. CPET is used to define how conditions that effect heart, lung, blood vessel or muscle function contribute to exercise intolerance.
These pulmonary function tests are performed while you exercise.
Arrhythmias are heart rhythm disorders that may originate in the atria (the receiving chambers of the heart) or the ventricles (the pumping chambers of the heart).
COPD is a term that refers to a group of lung diseases that can interfere with normal breathing.
Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or related blood vessels do not develop properly before or at birth.
A congenital heart defect is a problem that occurred as the baby's heart was developing during pregnancy, before the baby is born. Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects.
Pulmonary hypertension is a lung disorder in which the blood pressure in the pulmonary artery rises far above normal levels.
The team-based approach of the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care ensures physicians approach complex situations from all angles, providing cohesive multidisciplinary care.
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