Cardiovascular Performance Tests and Screenings

The following screenings and tests are available at Beaumont's Cardiovascular Performance Clinic:

Cardiovascular history and physical exam

A Beaumont cardiologist will review your past medical history, interpret your 12-lead electrocardiogram, assess your resting blood pressure, screen for murmurs and review your family history for sudden cardiac death, syncope, Marfan’s syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and related cardiovascular structural abnormalities.  

Cardiopulmonary exercise test

Exercise physiologists will conduct a maximal exercise stress test, including direct measurement of your cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2 max) and anaerobic or ventilatory threshold. Resting and exercise electrocardiograms and blood pressures will be monitored and recorded.

Professional fitness consultation

You will receive feedback about your cardiorespiratory fitness, along with your optimal training/race pace, based on your anaerobic threshold.

Limited echocardiogram

An ultrasonographer will perform a cardiac ultrasound to assess cardiac function, and screen for congenital or other structural abnormalities.

Additional tests which may be added to your clinic experience, based on your age, medical history, risk factors and/or the above findings, may be scheduled separately and include:

Coronary calcium scoring

A Cardiac CT may detect calcium and plaque buildup in the coronary arteries.

Body composition assessment

A dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan, performed by an exercise physiologist to assess body fat percentage and lean body mass.

Heart and vascular screening

A series of noninvasive tests that include stroke screening/carotid artery ultrasound, abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound and lower extremity peripheral artery disease screening.

Nutritional consultation

Recommendations for healthy eating patterns to optimize performance (e.g., carb loading, supplements).