Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Coronary Artery Disease Male Aviators Prior to Refighting: A Suggested Modality
Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing In Coronary Artery Disease Male Aviators Prior To Refighting: A Suggested Modality
Background: Exercise testing provides valuable diagnostic and prognostic information regarding patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. The aim of this study is to assess maximum oxygen consumption (O2 Max), oxygen consumption at Lactate threshold and exercise ECG, heart rate, BP response in aviators with CAD who are being considered for refighting.Subjects and Methods:We included 7 males from age group 35 – 56 y who were CAD patients for medical evaluation at our center. A normogram was earlier obtained by subjecting 72 males between the age 18 – 60 year by random selection during medical for initial entry to Airforce and routine annual medical in serving personnel.Results:These males were subjected to cardiopulmonary stress test, after an echocardiogram was done to assess structural heart disease. The data obtained was compared with the normogram for age.Conclusion: In this study, we conclude that in our population a healthy aviator reaches an average of 80% of age predicted VO2 max (normogram for age 30 – 39 and 40 – 49 attached above). Aviator no, 2,3,4,5,7 were reflighted.