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The future of aerobic exercise testing in clinical practice: is it the ultimate vital sign?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20462339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The four traditional vital signs: resting heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and body temperature, serve as the cornerstone of a physical examination. Other assessments such as pain have been proposed as additional vital signs. To this point however, there has been limited consideration for aerobic exercise assessment as a vital sign. A wealth of literature demonstrating the prognostic, diagnostic and interventional value of the aerobic exercise assessment now exists, supporting its use in numerous clinical scenarios. Moreover, the assessment of the aerobic exercise response allows for the manifestation of physiologic abnormalities that are not readily apparent during the collection of resting data. This review will provide evidence supporting the assertion that the aerobic exercise assessment may be afforded vital sign status in future clinical practice.
Ross Arena; Jonathan Myers; Marco Guazzi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Future cardiology     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1744-8298     ISO Abbreviation:  Future Cardiol     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-13     Completed Date:  2010-08-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101239345     Medline TA:  Future Cardiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  325-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis,  mortality,  physiopathology,  therapy
Dyspnea / physiopathology
Exercise Test / methods*
Exercise Tolerance
Hypertension, Pulmonary / mortality,  physiopathology
Lung Diseases, Interstitial / mortality,  physiopathology
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Exertion / physiology
Preoperative Care
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Vital Signs*

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