Taking a closer look at the six-minute walk test

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      Researchers recently took a closer look at the six-minute walk test (6MWT), which evaluates exercise tolerance in chronic respiratory disease and heart failure.

      The test measures the distance an individual is able to walk for a total of six minutes on a hard, flat surface, and the goal for PH patients is to walk as far as possible in that time. After dividing the study’s participants into two groups, researchers looked at how the 6MWT predicted patient outcomes later on and found that patients who walked 400m or more in 6 minutes had fewer occurences of PH-related death or hospitalization.

      Click through to the PH News site to learn more about why the simple 6MWT remains a key mode of evaluation in daily clinical practice and clinical trials for PH patients: Six-minute Walk Test Still Key in Predicting Long-Term PAH Outcomes, Study Confirms

       

      Is the 6MWT part of your treatment plan? Do you find it challenging or helpful to measure your disease’s progress this way?

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