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.
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.
The cardiac stress test is used to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion.
It usually involves walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike at increasing levels of difficulty, while your electrocardiogram, heart rate and blood pressure are monitored through electrodes.
The lab personnel will be by your side the entire time and watch for any symptoms or changes. Once the test is done you will walk or pedal slowly for a couple of minutes to cool down.
Download the Pre-Test Instructions to prepare for your Cardiac Stress test.
*You will need clearance from your primary care or treating healthcare provider before taking the 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.
Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test
If you have suffered a concussion there are certain benchmarks needed to go back to exercising. Besides being evaluated by a physician, the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test is just one of many tests that Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute uses to measure the amount of exercise that is considered safe.
An exercise physiologist will put you through a series of tests on the treadmill and monitor your progress. Once completed, a plan will be put into place with certain exercises to assist in returning you to an active lifestyle or back to your sport.
Download the Pre-Test Instructions to prepare for your Buffalo Concussion Treadmill test.
*You will need clearance from your primary care or treating healthcare provider.