Health Sciences

Assessment of Cardiopulmonary Function and Aerobic Capacity

Print this PageHome > Health Sciences > Assessment of Cardiopulmonary Function and Aerobic Capacity

Assessment of Cardiopulmonary Function and Aerobic Capacitycardiopulm_test

  • VO2max and/or sub-maximal exercise testing

This test is used to determine how much oxygen the body can consume during a maximal or submaximal exercise effort and is a measure of physical fitness.  The submaximal test is typically performed at a moderate intensity that can be sustained for approximately 15-30 minutes. The maximal test involves increasing the exercise intensity until reaching your maximal effort. Maximal tests usually involve graded increases in exercise intensity until volitional exhaustion.

  • Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)

PFTs are a group of noninvasive respiratory tests that provide measurable information about the function of the lungs.  PFTs provides the assessment of lung volumes, capacities, flow rates and patterns, which can be evaluated for certain lung disorders.

  • Cardiovascular health assessment


< Back to Human Performance and Exercise Science Laboratory


Contact Info

Carmen Castaneda Sceppa, MD, PhD
316 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617-373-5543
Fax: 617-373-2968