Title

Using Metabolic Equivalents in Clinical Practice.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2018

Publication Title

The American journal of cardiology

ISSN

1879-1913

Abstract

Metabolic equivalents, or METs, are routinely employed as a guide to exercise training and activity prescription and to categorize cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF). There are, however, inherent limitations to the concept, as well as common misapplications. CRF and the patient's capacity for physical activity are often overestimated and underestimated, respectively. Moreover, frequently cited fitness thresholds associated with the highest and lowest mortality rates may be misleading, as these are influenced by several factors, including age and gender. The conventional assumption that 1 MET = 3.5 mL O

Medical Subject Headings

Cardiorespiratory Fitness; Energy Metabolism; Humans; Metabolic Equivalent

Volume

121

Issue

3

First Page

382

Last Page

387

PubMed ID

29229271

DOI

10.1016/j.amjcard.2017.10.033

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