Health tests

Health tests

Cardiopulmonary stress test

How does the test work?

According to the patient’s preferences and the doctor’s recommendations, the test can be performed on a veloergometer or a treadmill. Before the test, there is a warm-up session with a low workload. During the test, the workload is increased step by step. The test is terminated when the patient can no longer exercise or there are changes in the indicators being assessed due to which the doctor must terminate the test. ECG electrodes are placed on the patient’s chest, a blood pressure cuff around the arm and a gas analysing mask on the face. During the test, cardiac function, respiratory function and blood pressure are constantly monitored. On average, the test takes 15-20 minutes.

What do we find out?

  • Whether there are any contraindications to training
  • Whether there are there any indications of lung or cardiovascular disease that need additional testing/treatment
  • How good your exercise tolerance is
  • What the maximum oxygen consumption capacity is (VO2max)
  • Aerobic level
  • Anaerobic level
  • What heart rate ranges you should exercise in with different intensity levels
  • How good your post-exercise recovery is


Compared to an ordinary stress-test, the main difference with a cardiopulmonary stress-test is that with the gas analyser, the maximum oxygen consumption capacity and aerobic/anaerobic levels are measured. Maximum oxygen consumption capacity is one of the main indicators in endurance sports in determining the athlete’s endurance and how effective their training has been. At the same time, before starting training in endurance sports, it reveals a predisposition for achieving good results. Measuring the anaerobic level and lactate with the gas analyser is a precise method of determining the heart rate at which you should train at different levels of intensity. In short, we discover whether you can train, how great your expectations of endurance sports are, what heart rates to train at and how fast your recovery will be. Repeated testing provides information on how indicators have changed over time and if training is producing the desired results.

Spirography

How does the test work?

For the test, a mouth-piece is placed in your mouth that is connected to an analyser. The test involves deep inhalation and exhalation and only takes a few seconds. In the case of technically good performance, the test is repeated three times and the results can be seen immediately.

What do we find out?

We find out what your lung capacity is, as well as different indicators on how fast and what quantity of air is flowing through your airways. The results show whether there are any changes indicating lung disease (e.g. asthma).

Measuring basal metabolic rate

How does the test work and what do we find out?

Compared to other methods, measuring respiratory gases is the only precise method of measuring the basal metabolic rate. By determining this it is possible to precisely set daily calorie intake, depending on whether the goal is weight loss or gaining muscle mass. Before the test, you must not have eaten for at least three hours and coffee and energy drinks are prohibited. Avoid medications that increase heart rate (e.g. salbutamol and pseudoephedrine). For the test, a mouth-piece is placed in your mouth that is connected to a gas analyser. During the test, you lie down for 15 minutes. After the test, you will receive a print-out about the calories of your basal metabolic rate.

Pulmonological stress test for effort asthma

How does it work and what do we find out?

First, a spirography is performed. This test is performed on a veloergometer or treadmill. The goal is to achieve a heart rate that is 80-85% of the maximum, after which the test is continued for another 6-8 minutes. Spirography is performed immediately after the test and at intervals of 5, 10, 15 and 30 minutes to see if there are any changes indicating effort asthma. The test takes about 45 minutes in total and the summary and results are available straight after the test.