Table 5 Indications for exercise termination
Chest pain suggestive of ischaemia
Ischaemic ECG changes
Complex ectopy
Second- or third-degree heart block
Fall in systolic pressure >20 mm Hg from the highest value during the test
Hypertension (>250 mm Hg systolic; >120 mm Hg diastolic)
Severe desaturation: Spo2 80 when accompanied by symptoms and signs of severe hypoxaemia
Sudden pallor
Loss of coordination
Dizziness or faintness
Signs of respiratory failure
Mental confusion
  • Adapted from ATS/ACCP Statement on Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing.1