The exercise test is a valuable noninvasive tool that can identify your child's functional limits and detect heart and/or lung problems. During an exercise test, EKGs are taken while your child exercises on a treadmill or stationary bicycle so that cardiologists can see the effects of increasing stress on the heart.
Exercise testing may be used to:
- Evaluate your child's congenital heart and/or lung disease.
- Evaluate your child's cardiac and pulmonary functional capacity.
- Identify the significance of your child's symptoms and activity-related problems (fainting, chest pain, exercise-induced asthma, palpitations, etc.).
- Assess your child's aerobic and musculoskeletal conditioning.
- Learn how medications might affect your child's exercise performance.
- Develop an exercise plan as part of your child's overall care and treatment plan.
While your child exercises, continuous recordings are made to monitor changes in your child's heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production and pulse oximetry with exertion.