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What is a CPET and Can it Be Used to Prove Long Covid?

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is a special kind of stress test or exercise test that measures your ability to exercise. Data regarding the heart and lungs are gathered to help understand if your body’s response to exercise is normal or abnormal.

Patients who experience Long Covid tend to have:

  • Circulatory impairment,
  • Abnormal ventilatory pattern, and/or
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)

Covid-19 patients who develop chronic dyspnea (shortness of breath that persists longer than a month) after recovering from Covid-19 may be able to use CPET to help prove Long Covid. Read on to learn more.

How CPET Can Help Prove Long Covid

Some studies have shown that 63% of patients suffering from chronic dyspnea following a Covid-19 diagnosis experience dysfunctional breathing. Additionally, 43% of patients are considered to have ME/CFS. Nearly half of this group also experience dysfunctional breathing.

Most patients with Long Covid tend to experience circulatory impairment with dysfunctional breathing and/or ME/CFS.

According to the authors of the study, “Use of CPET may be effective in objectively identifying abnormalities associated with PASC [Long Covid] that could be targeted for treatment.”

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