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Six-Minute Walk Test: How to do Guide for Performing a Reliable Test, Interpretation, and Prognostication in Pulmonary Hypertension [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2023; 51(7): 516-520 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2023.52279

Six-Minute Walk Test: How to do Guide for Performing a Reliable Test, Interpretation, and Prognostication in Pulmonary Hypertension

Murat Meriç1, Çağlar Emre Çağlıyan2, Rabia Eker Akıllı3, Burçak Kılıçkıran Avcı2, Ümit Yaşar Sinan4, Pelin Duru Çetinkaya5, Rengin Demir6, İbrahim Başarıcı7, Mehmet Akbulut8
1Department of Cardiology, Ondokuz Mayıs University Faculty of Medicine, Samsun, Türkiye
2Department of Cardiology, Çukurova University Faculty of Medicine, Adana, Türkiye
3Department of Cardiology, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Türkiye
4Department of Cardiology, Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa Cardiology Institute, Istanbul, Türkiye
5Department of Pulmonology, Çukurova University Faculty of Medicine, Adana, Türkiye
6Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa, Cardiology Institute, Istanbul, Türkiye
7Department of Cardiology, Akdeniz University Faculty of Medicine, Antalya, Türkiye
8Department of Cardiology, Fırat University Faculty of Medicine, Elazığ, Türkiye

Six-minute walk test (6MWT) is the most widely used exercise capacity measurement worldwide in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Although cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is the gold standard for the assessment of exercise capacity in cardiovascular diseases; the limited accessibility of the device, the need for experience in interpreting the results, and the difficulties in performing CPET in advanced PH have aroused the interest in the application of easier methods for the measurement of exercise capacity. Since then, accumulated data proved that; 6-minutes walking distance (6MWD) can be used to determine exercise capacity and is highly correlated with maximum oxygen consumption (peak VO2) detected by CPET in patients with heart failure and/or PH. Moreover, 6MWT is very easy and practical to apply in all PH subgroups. This review is focused on the application of a reliable 6MWT and the interpretation of the results in patients with PH.

Keywords: Cardiac rehabilitation, exercise, exercise testing, pulmonary arterial hypertension, six-minute walking test

How to cite this article
Murat Meriç, Çağlar Emre Çağlıyan, Rabia Eker Akıllı, Burçak Kılıçkıran Avcı, Ümit Yaşar Sinan, Pelin Duru Çetinkaya, Rengin Demir, İbrahim Başarıcı, Mehmet Akbulut. Six-Minute Walk Test: How to do Guide for Performing a Reliable Test, Interpretation, and Prognostication in Pulmonary Hypertension. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2023; 51(7): 516-520

Corresponding Author: Çağlar Emre Çağlıyan, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English


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