Low-Intensity, Graded Protocol Exercise Test
The clinical objective for performing a Shape-HF low-intensity, graded protocol exercise test is to quantify a patient’s functional capacity, assess patient risk, and obtain a trend of the patient’s response to therapy over time.
This test takes six minutes to perform. The test session is comprised of three test periods: a two-minute rest period to obtain pre-exercise baseline parameters, a three-minute period of dynamic exercise, and a one-minute recovery period.
During each period of the test, the data analyzer collects data. Immediately following the two-minute rest period, the patient begins exercising by stepping up and down on an aerobic stepping platform, or using a treadmill or cycle ergometer. The rate and pace of exercise, which continues for three minutes, is determined by the patient.