Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) FM 21-20 / TC 3-22.20 Training Info

14-2 Over-Forty Cardiovascular Screening Program

Over-Forty Cardiovascular Screening Program

The Army’s over-40 cardiovascular screening program (CVSP) does the following:

– Identifies soldiers with a risk of coronary heart disease.
– Provides guidelines for safe, regular CR exercise.
•Gives advice and help in controlling heart-disease risk factors.
– Uses treadmill testing only for high risk soldiers who need it.

All soldiers, both active and reserve component, must take the APFT for record regardless of age unless prohibited by a medical profile. For soldiers who reached age 40 on or after 1 January 1989, there is no requirement for clearance in the cardiovascular screening program before taking a record APFT. Soldiers who reached age 40 before 1 January 1989 must be cleared through the cardiovascular screening program before taking a record APFT. Prior to their CVSP evaluation, however, they may still take part in physical training to include diagnostic APFTs unless profiled or contraindications to exercise exist. All soldiers must undergo periodic physical examinations in accordance with AR 40-501 and NGR 40- 501. These include screening for cardiovascular risk factors.

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