Specialized Exercise Testing
Specialized exercise testing is available within UW Health's Preventive Cardiology program and can benefit patients diagnosed with moderate to severe heart failure or cardiomyopathy, or those preparing for heart transplantion.
About the Test
During the one and one-half hour test, patients walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bicycle while breathing into a mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is connected to a machine that measures the amount of air inhaled and exhaled and the total oxygen consumed during the exercise. This test helps to determine heart, lung and overall physical function.
Referral from a primary care physician or cardiologist is required for specialized testing. Prior to their appointment, patients should bear in mind the following:
- Do not eat one hour prior to the appointment
- Do not smoke or ingest caffeine after midnight the day before the test
- Wear or bring comfortable clothing. Sneakers or walking shoes are needed.
- If you have diabetes, please call the clinic at (608) 263-6630 for additional pre-visit instructions
- Continue taking medications as usual unless otherwise directed by your physician