Pediatric Exercise Tolerance

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Does your child have more than normal trouble breathing when exercising, or even when playing? Your child may have “exercise intolerance,” meaning that he or she has trouble with normal, everyday exercise.

The National Jewish Health for Kids Pediatric Exercise Tolerance Center in Denver, Colorado, is the premier center for evaluating and curing breathing problems during exercise. Patients travel from across the country for diagnosis and treatment of exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (vocal cord dysfunction) and exercise-induced asthma. Additionally, we take care of athletes at any level, ranging from three-year-olds to Olympians. Our multidisciplinary team of doctors and therapists will identify and treat your child’s medical barriers to exercise.

Our doctors are researchers, too, so your child will have access to the latest pediatric exercise tolerance clinical trials and most effective treatments.

At National Jewish Health for Kids you’ll find:

  • A state-of-the-art exercise lab, with access to treadmills, exercise cycles, and a swimming pool

  • Diagnostic tests and treatment therapies available nowhere else in the world that allow us to see the upper airway during intense exercise and train patients to manage vocal cord dysfunction

  • Thoughtful discussion and evaluation that is not rushed

  • Out-of-the-box thinking and individualized care

  • Continued follow-up to treat your child’s changing needs.

Our goal is to enable your child to play without respiratory distress, from the playground to the competitive arena.

Our Specialists

Clinical Trials

Steroids in Eosinophil Negative Asthma (SIENA)

Most people with asthma have inflammation in their airway. Asthma controller medications, like inhaled corticosteroids, are meant to reduce inflammation in the airway. Reducing airway inflammation should make one's breathing easier. However, many people with asthma don't breathe easier when they take an inhaled corticosteroid. We know that there are several types of cells that can cause airway inflammation. However, inhaled corticosteroids mostly target only one cell called the eosinophil. The purpose of this study is to find out if people should take an asthma controller medication based on the type of inflammatory cells present in their airway.

Study participation involves: 

  • 10 visits to our research unit over ~ 1 year 
  • Asthma and allergy tests at no charge  
  • Asthma medications at no cost

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Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians frequently recognized as among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 8 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to the latest clinical trials
  • 117-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders

 

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Patient Stories

Catching Her Breath

Candace Wollert was breaking records on the track but struggling to breathe when she exercised. A unique test developed at National Jewish Health uncovered the root of her problem, and helped Candace get her breath back.

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