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For Referring Physicians

The Advanced Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (ACPET) Program at UPMC:

  • Provides comprehensive testing for people with shortness of breath or exercise fatigue for unclear reasons; the identification of the primary cause of exercise limitation in patients with multiple medical diagnoses. 
  • Accepts referrals of patients with shortness of breath or exercise fatigue for unclear reasons. 
  • Accepts referrals of patients with pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism, diastolic dysfunction, autoimmune disease (such as scleroderma and lupus), and parenchymal lung diseases including COPD, interstitial lung disease, or cystic fibrosis.
  • Coordinates all aspects of patient diagnosis and treatment with referring pulmonologists, cardiologists, and primary care physicians.

Patients can also be seen in the Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension clinic after the testing. 

To refer a patient, please call 877-PH4-UPMC or email PHprogram@upmc.edu. The director of the ACPET Program is Michael Risbano, MD, MA.

Partners in Patient Care

We understand the relationship between the ACPET Program and the referring physicians is crucial to the patient's disease management. 

We take pride in keeping this relationship open and maintaining excellent communication with our physician partners. 

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