Functional Test (6MWT)

 

The patient should know that this is a simple test requiring a walk on a flat, hard surface for six minutes. Speed, distance, and oxygenation levels will be measured. Results provide a good sense of functionality and oxygen requirements with exertion. Subsequent walk test results can help in the assessment of disease progression, as well as response to therapy. 

 

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 References:

  1. Badesch DB, Champion HC, Sanchez MA, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol 2009; 54-55