COmPLETE is a large research study of the Departement of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel, Switzerland.
COmPLETE stands for CardiO-PuLmonary Exercise TEsting and incorporates three substudies:
COmPLTE-Health (Cardio-PuLmonary-Exercise TEsting in a healthy population
COmPLETE-Heart (Cardio_PuLmonary-Exercise TEsting in heart disease)
COmPLETE-Lung (Cardio-PuLmonary-Exercise TESting in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
The final goal of COmPLETE is to improve diagnosis and prognosis of subjects performing an Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test and to reduce unnecessary invasive procedures.
The Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test is a highly sensitive, non-invasive stress test. It is considered a stress test because the exercise stresses your body’s systems by making them work faster and harder. A disease or condition that affects the heart, lungs or muscles will limit how much faster and harder these systems can work. A CPET assesses how well the heart, lungs, and muscles are working individually, and how these systems are working in unison. Your heart and lungs work together to deliver oxygen to your muscles, where it is used to make energy, and to remove carbon dioxide from your body.
The full cardiopulmonary system is assessed during a CPET by measuring the amount of oxygen your body is using, the amount of carbon dioxide it is producing, your breathing pattern, and electrocardiogram (EKG) while you are riding a stationary bicycle.
In addition, we measure several additional cardiovascular health parameters to describe aging phenotypes.