Exercise testing in cystic fibrosis: who and why?

D. S. Urquhart, Zoe Saynor

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Annual review exercise testing is recommended by the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust. Testing to date has focused on evaluating aerobic fitness, a key prognostic indicator. Tests available range from simple field tests, to comprehensive evaluations of aerobic exercise (dys)function – cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). ‘Field tests’, although easy to perform are limited in the information they provide. Whereas CPET, the ‘gold standard’ measure of aerobic fitness, is recommended as the first-choice exercise test by the European CF Society Exercise Working Group. CPET offers a precise cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic evaluation of exercise capacity, including assessment of mechanism(s) of exercise limitation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPaediatric Respiratory Reviews
Early online date18 May 2018
Publication statusEarly online - 18 May 2018


  • cystic fibrosis
  • exercise
  • exercise physiology
  • cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET)


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