New Reference Values for Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Children
A new study on Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (MSSE) Journal provides updated reference values for CPET that are independent of sex and body size.
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is an essential tool to assess cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) in children. There is a paucity of adequate pediatric reference values that are independent of body size and pubertal stage. The purpose of this study is to provide Z score equations for several maximal and sub-maximal CRF parameters derived from a prospectively recruited sample of healthy children.
The authors believe that "these new and updated reference values should provide a more accurate lower normal limit. This may improve their value for the diagnosis, prognosis and risk-stratification of children with chronic diseases".
The article details are the following:
- Title: "New Reference Values for Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Children"
- Authors: Blanchard J, Blais S, Chetaille P, Bisson M, Counil FP, Girard TH, Berbari J, Boulay P, Dallaire F
- Published in: Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2018 Jan 17
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