Netherlands Heart Journal

, Volume 17, Issue 9, pp 339–344 | Cite as

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing in congenital heart disease: equipment and test protocols

  • T. Takken
  • A. C. Blank
  • E. H. Hulzebos
  • M. van Brussel
  • W. G. Groen
  • P. J. Helders
Review article


Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) in paediatric cardiology differs in many aspects from the tests as performed in adult cardiology. Children's cardiovascular responses during exercise testing present different characteristics, particularly oxygen uptake, heart rate and blood pressure response, which are essential in interpreting haemodynamic data. Diseases that are associated with myocardial ischaemia are very rare in children. The main indications for CPET in children are evaluation of exercise capacity and the identification of exercise-induced arrhythmias. In this article we will review exercise equipment and test protocols for CPET in children with congenital heart disease. (Neth Heart J 2009;17:339–44.)

exercise physiology children oxygen uptake ergometry exercise test 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Takken
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  • A. C. Blank
  • E. H. Hulzebos
  • M. van Brussel
  • W. G. Groen
  • P. J. Helders
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