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Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)

This test is considered the gold standard for determining disability. Using advanced technology measuring oxygen and carbon-dioxide while breathing through a face mask we are able to accurately assess the person’s capacity to work. This is significant to conditions where fatigue and reduced physical ability are common symptoms. CPET can assist in the diagnosis of conditions such as Myalgic Encephalomyalitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

We offer two testing protocols:

1 Day Test Protocol

We measure your body’s ability to use fat and carbohydrates both at rest and during exercise. During the resting test you will be measured resting on a bed for 15-20 minutes. The exercise test is performed either on a stationary bike or a treadmill. The exercise intensity will begin at a low level and may be advanced in stages depending on your fitness level. You may be exercising for 8-12 minutes.

IMPORTANT Note: There is a risk of exacerbation of your symptoms following exercise testing.

Benefits of this protocol

  1. Helpful in determining Post Exhersional Malaise (PEM) and symptom of exacerbation following physical activity
  2. Determine anaerobic thresholds and using heart rate pacing to better manage symptoms
  3. May cause less exacerbation of symptoms compared to the 2 day protocol

Appointment 1:   CPET

You will need to fast for at least 6 hours prior to this test.

Allow 60-90 minutes for this appointment.  $290

Appointment 2:   Results & Education

Your tests have been analysed and you will be provided with a detailed explanation of your results.

Allow 30 minutes for this appointment.  $96

Medical Report

A detailed medical report can be produced to accompany your results. This may be used for medico-legal purposes.  Up front payment is required and reports can take up to 3-4 weeks to finalise. $180

 

2 Day Test Protocol

This test is performed either on a stationary bike or a treadmill. The exercise intensity will begin at a low level and may be advanced in stages depending on your fitness level. You may be exercising for 8-12 minutes. This test will be performed on two consecutive days.

IMPORTANT Note: There is a high risk of exacerbation of your symptoms following exercise testing.

Benefits of this protocol

  1. Helpful in determining Post Exhersional Malaise (PEM) and symptom of exacerbation following physical activity
  2. Determine anaerobic thresholds and using heart rate pacing to better manage symptoms both on “good” days and “crash” days
  3. There is evidence based resources available showing the importance of the 2 Day test to demonstrate the functional impairment unique to ME/CFS. The 2 Day test protocol was developed by the experienced researchers and clinicians at Workwell Foundation
  4. Results of the tests may add value to any medical or legal argument

Appointment 1:   First CPET

You will need to fast for at least 4 hours prior to this test.

Allow 60-90 minutes for this appointment.  $290

Appointment 2:  Second CPET (24 hours later)

You will need to fast for at least 4 hours prior to this test.

Allow 60-90 minutes for this appointment. $240

Appointment 3:   Results & Education

Your tests have been analysed and you will be provided with a detailed explanation of your results.

Allow 60-90 minutes for this appointment.  $96

Medical Report

A detailed medical report can be produced to accompany your results. This may be used for medico-legal purposes.  Up front payment is required and reports can take up to 3-4 weeks to finalise. $180

 

Can I use my health fund to cover part of this cost?

Depending on your level of cover your health fund may cover part of the above costing. Please click here for more details. You may be able to use your EPC to cover part of this cost also.

 

How to book an appointment

Call   PhysioLogic on 5578 7155

Email   admin@physiologic.com.au

 

Available Follow-Up Support

We will educate you on how to use your results to better manage your symptoms. We will use educational information online for your convenience. We also offer Skype sessions and follow up appointments with our Exercise Physiologist.