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Cardiovascular fitness

Cardiovascular fitness is the heart and lungs’ ability to supply oxygen-rich blood to working muscle tissues and the muscles’ ability to produce energy for movement using oxygen. Many physiological factors affect a person’s ability to deliver oxygen to working muscles, including heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, and maximal oxygen consumption.



Participating in metabolic training can facilitate optimal oxygen delivery to the working muscles, which build up energy stores needed for sport. Metabolic training is divided into two types: aerobic and anaerobic.

As aerobic/anaerobic capacity increases, cardiovascular fitness/cardiorespiratory conditioning and muscular endurance improve. Understanding the relationship between cardiorespiratory endurance training and other categories of conditioning requires a review of changes that occur with increased aerobic or anaerobic capacity.

The Heart Center of Philadelphia is one of the only destinations in the country specializing in sports cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Our doctors will use a detailed understanding of historical data, advanced blood work, advanced metabolic exercise testing, and stress testing to build personalized exercise prescriptions that maximize each patient’s metabolism and cardiovascular potential.