Sports Cardiology and Pulmonary

If you’re an athlete, weekend warrior or challenger who has questions or concerns about your heart health, the Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute team can help. Whether you have symptoms or looking for ways to keep your heart healthy, the SSMI team will come up with a treatment plan tailored just for you that includes going through a series of cardiac and pulmonary tests. The time is now to get off the sidelines and back in the game of life.

Available Services

Resting EKG

The resting electrocardiogram, aka EKG, is a simple, painless test that records the heart’s electrical activity. This helps our doctors detect and study many heart problems, such as heart attacks, arrhythmias and heart failure.

The results can also suggest other disorders that affect heart function.

*You will need clearance from your primary care or treating healthcare provider before taking this test.

VO2 Max Test

A VO2 Max test is the gold standard exercise test to determine your aerobic capacity. This is popular for weekend warriors and professional athletes looking to improve performance in their sport.

The person will breathe through a mouthpiece connected to a metabolic analyzer and wear a heart-rate monitor. The analyzer measures the volume as well as the percentage of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the expired gas.

The VO2 Max test indicates the potential of an athlete after several years of systematic, structured training.

Download the Pre-Test Instructions to prepare for your VO2 Max test.

*You will need cardiac clearance from your primary care or treating healthcare provider before taking the test.


Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT)

Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT) are a group of tests that measure how well your lungs work.

This includes how well you are able to breathe and how well your lungs are able to supply oxygen to the rest of your body.

Your doctor may order these tests as part of a routine physical, if you’re experiencing lung problems or need to assess how well your lungs are functioning before undergoing surgery.

Download the Pre-Test Instructions to prepare for your PFT.


Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)

The Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is a 10–20-minute breath test to determine the number of calories your body burns in a day at rest. You simply sit back, relax and breathe.  During the test, the air you breathe in and out is analyzed to figure how much oxygen your body uses to maintain basic life functions. Once completed, we use your RMR calories to provide a foundation for your calories burned during a day. We then add calories burned during activities of daily living and exercise calories to get a total calorie expenditure for the day. This is for anyone who is interested in losing weight, gaining weight or knowing their true metabolic rate.

Download the Pre-Test Instructions to prepare for your RMR test.

SSMI Pre-Operative Surgical Sports Medicine Clearance Program

Many surgeons trust the expertise provided at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute to offer the medical clearances needed for their patients prior to surgery. The institute offers a one-stop shop for patients to get a clearance done safely and efficiently without having to go to multiple doctors. Our healthcare providers are up to date on all the guidelines in regard to pre-operative clearances and will make sure each patient is ready before going into the operating room. This program includes a consultation and an EKG to determine surgical clearance. We also have a comprehensive follow-up with you.

*A referral from your surgeon is required.

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