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Exercise testing is an important evaluation to understand the cardiopulmonary limitations of children with congenital or acquired heart or lung disease. The laboratory is also used for the testing of young athletes who may have problems during exercise to better understand any cardiac or pulmonary conditions they might have. Other tests that cardiologists perform occur when the patient is still, or at rest, while exercise testing can help predict how a child will respond to the demands of exercise.
Exercise testing can be used to evaluate:
A variety of different patients might be required to do an exercise test by their physician. The conditions they might have can include:
Your child should wear exercise-style clothes and sneakers to the test. They should not eat for 1-2 hours prior to the test. Any medications can be given on their usual schedule unless you have been instructed otherwise. Your child will be monitored for blood pressure, electrocardiogram (stickers and wires), oxygen levels, symptoms, and breathing before, during, and after the exercise by a technician. Your child will exercise on either a stationary bicycle or treadmill for a short amount of time.