The spiroergometric examination evaluates the functioning of your heart, circulation, respiration, and muscle metabolism in a state of relaxation and while under increasing physical strain up to your maximum load. The simultaneous measuring of oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in the air you breathe in and out enables us to determine your levels of oxygen consumption (VO2) and carbon dioxide production (VCO2).
We regularly conduct stationary bicycle tests while increasing the level of strain either in steps or as a constant ascending curve. But we also have a treadmill and rowing machine at our disposal.
While conducting the spirometry, the patient under examination wears a tight-sitting respiratory mask outfitted with a so-called flow meter. Via this flow meter we determine the respiratory volumes and collect gas samples to measure the O2 and CO2 concentrations. At the same time, we measure your heart rate using an exercise ECG as well as your blood pressure values on your upper arm.
Measuring your maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) enables us to assess the aerobic capacity of the muscle groups you used, the functional reserve of your cardiopulmonary system, and your maximum level of physical performance. These results are completed by determining the so-called (ventilatory) anaerobic threshold (AT).
Spiroergometry's main areas of application comprise performance diagnoses and cardiopulmonary functional assessments. Accordingly, this method is widely used in sports medicine, pulmonology, and cardiology.