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Hospitales San Roque in Maspalomas has recently added the Ergospirometry test to its Sports Cardiology Unit. This stress test with ventilation is specially recommended for all sportspeople, either professional or amateur, before starting any training programme.
Led by cardiologists Ernesto Amalfi Aguilera and José Miguel Hernández Ramírez, Hospitales San Roque in Maspalomas is the only centre that offers this sophisticated test in the south-east area of Gran Canaria. This test is recommended before the start of a physical exercise programme for sporting disciplines such as running, cycling, swimming, etc.
Ergospirometry allows us to evaluate the relationship between the cardiovascular, respiratory, and blood systems during physical exercise, and in particular the effect of that exercise on the heart. By using a treadmill, the level of resistance is progressively increased until the maximum degree of effort allowed by the device is reached. The basic parameters measured are oxygen uptake (VO2), heart rate and speed in km/h.
This stress test provides data regarding the athlete’s aerobic and anaerobic thresholds, as well as maximum oxygen uptake. The results allow us to help sportspeople with their training programme and to improve their performance.
It should be noted that practising a professional sport requires great cardiopulmonary effort, which is why the Cardiology Unit at Hospitales San Roque in Maspalomas also specialises in cardiac rehabilitation. Athletes should be aware of the risks related to high-performance sports and the possible consequences involved. It is highly recommended to do a check-up in order to assess the athlete’s cardiorespiratory health. After the assessment, different programmes can be recommended in order to improve their system’s health and achieve optimal physical performance.
Being an elite athlete requires great physical effort for which the body must be trained. Through cardiac rehabilitation, athletes are made aware of all the preventive measures available to avoid serious injury and are taught how to improve their cardiorespiratory fitness.