II. Indications

  1. Assess physical function in chronic disease
    1. Example: Coronary Artery Disease
  2. Exercise tolerance increases Life Expectancy
    1. True even in otherwise healthy persons
    2. "Couch potatoes" have higher mobidity and mortality

III. History

  1. How often do you do the following activities
    1. Climb stairs
    2. Vacuum
    3. Go shopping
    4. Bring in groceries
    5. Participate in structured Exercise program
    6. Go for a walk
  2. What limits you when you do these activities?
    1. Chest Pain
    2. Shortness of Breath
    3. Dizziness
    4. Calf pain
    5. Joint Pain (Knee, Hip or Back)
  3. What do you do to overcome these limits?
    1. Nitroglycerin for Chest Pain
    2. AlbuterolInhaler for Shortness of Breath
    3. Pain Medications (e.g. Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen)
    4. Sit and rest (for how long?)
  4. What would you like to do that you cannot now?
    1. Go on a trip with family
    2. Play with my grandchildren

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