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Cardiology fellows to help improve regional health care

Jan. 19, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Dr. Terry Shepherd of the Marshall University College of Health Professions held a clinical demonstration that showed the capabilities of cardio pulmonary exercise tests for 12 fellows from Marshall Cardiology last month in the Cam Henderson Center.

Shepherd, a faculty member since 1987 and an exercise physiologist in the college, said the equipment used in the demonstration can determine whether someone has an exercise intolerance and if this intolerance is caused by the pulmonary system or the cardiovascular system.

"Many times doctors can't figure out why patients say they are unable to do certain physical things they were capable of doing last year and nothing is showing up on basic medical tests," Shepherd said. " The idea is to test them while they are actually exercising. I specialize in using exercise as a modality to discern what illness may be occurring in a patient."

Valued at more than $35,000, the Cardio Pulmonary Exercise System TrueOne2400 Metabolic Measurement System is the equipment that measures an individual's VO2 levels, which is their oxygen consumption, while exercising.

"Oxygen consumption is dependent upon three things: How well your lungs are working, how well your heart is working and how well your muscle tissue is working," Shepherd said. "If any of those systems aren't working properly, then your VO2 will be low. If your lungs, heart and muscles are very fit, then your VO2 levels will be high and it would appear all your systems are working the very best they can. This testing shows VO2 as the best measurement of fitness."

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