Bruce Protocol METs Calculator

Bruce Protocol METs Calculator helps you calculate your maximum heart rate, vo2 max, MET max, and overall ratings.

Choose your gender, and enter your age and exercise time to calculate the Burce Protocol METs.

In case you don't know, Robert A. Bruce, an American cardiologist, developed the Bruce protocol, a standard diagnostic test to measure heart function and physical fitness. In the original Bruce protocol, the patient walks uphill on a treadmill while electrodes are placed on the chest to keep track.

Blood pressure and heart rate are checked during exercise, and the patient is watched for symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or tiredness.

During treadmill exercise stress testing, the Bruce protocol is the one that is used most often.

This plan is broken up into three-minute stages, and in each stage, the patient has to walk faster and up a steeper slope.

The testing protocol could be changed based on how much a patient could handle, with the goal being 6 to 12 minutes of exercise.

Bruce Protocol Calculator

You might want to calculate the stroke volume or creatinine ratio.


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