Implications of Cardio-Respiratory Fitness on the Performance of Exercise Tests
Michael Jelinek and Kenneth Hossack. (2019). Implications of Cardio-Respiratory Fitness on the Performance of Exercise Tests. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 28(4), pp. 64-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2018.07.015
|Authors||Michael Jelinek and Kenneth Hossack|
In 2016, the American Heart Association (AHA) produced a position paper on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) which defined CRF as the most important cardiac risk factor in the assessment of prognosis in a wide variety of clinical states . The aim of the paper was to improve patient management and to encourage life-style based strategies designed to improve cardiovascular risk. The authors showed that:
• Cardiorespiratory fitness was a stronger predictor of patient survival than other clinical and exercise test variables in both men and women.
• Non-exercise cardiac risk factors clustered in unfit people.
• People unable to exercise to five METs were at the highest risk of premature mortality. (1 MET = 3.5ml/kg/minute of oxygen intake).
• Improvement in CRF from the least fit to intermediate CRF reduced the mortality risk more than an increase in CRF from the intermediate CRF group to the high CFR group.
• They showed that adding a measure of CRF to baseline risk factors better predicted mortality in a wide variety of subjects with various clinical presentations.
• That adding measures of CRF to prediction models, particularly those based on the Framingham Risk Score, improved estimations of risk of cardiovascular disease.
• That CRF can be reasonably well predicted from a standardised questionnaire.
In this Brief Communication, we expand on how CRF can be assessed and reported in exercise testing.
|Keywords||fitness; aerobic capacity; exercise tests; fitness questionnaires|
|Journal||Heart, Lung and Circulation|
|Journal citation||28 (4), pp. 64-66|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2018.07.015|
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|Deposited||03 May 2021|
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