Guidelines for exercise testing in the pediatric age group. From the Committee on Atherosclerosis and Hypertension in Children, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, the American Heart Association.
Exercise testing of children differs from adult exercise testing in many ways beyond the technical issues related to test performance that are addressed in this report. Disease processes that produce myocardial ischemia are relatively rare in children compared with adults. Exercise testing may be useful in these cases, but the use of testing to assess functional capacity or cardiac rhythms will be encountered more often. Although the precise role of exercise testing in patient evaluation or long-term management of the cardiac patient will vary somewhat from center to center, exercise testing is often essential to diagnose and to direct treatment in a wide variety of clinical problems. An understanding of the role of exercise testing for children with known or suspected heart abnormalities is an essential part of the training of pediatric cardiologists. The staff of the pediatric exercise laboratory should be available to discuss with the clinician when a test might be of value in a specific case in addition to providing advice about the specifics of the performance of the test and offering age- and size-appropriate normal data from the laboratory with test interpretation.
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