Purpose of the Review
The six-minute walk test (6MWT) is a submaximal exercise test for evaluating physical functional capacity. This review aims to report the research on the use of the 6MWT in chronic heart failure (CHF) that has been published in the past 5 years.
The 6MWT distance does not accurately reflect peak VO2. Minimal clinically important difference in the 6MWT distance, and additional measurements, such as heart rate recovery, can assist in the interpretation of the 6MWT distance, so management decisions can be made. Incorporating mobile apps and information technology in measuring the 6MWT distance extends the usefulness of this simple walk test and improve remote monitoring of patients with CHF.
The 6MWT is a useful tool in CHF programs. However, interpretation of the 6MWT distance must be with caution. With the advancement in technology, the 6MWT has the potential to facilitate the monitoring of people living in rural and remote areas.
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Du, H., Wonggom, P., Tongpeth, J. et al. Six-Minute Walk Test for Assessing Physical Functional Capacity in Chronic Heart Failure. Curr Heart Fail Rep 14, 158–166 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11897-017-0330-3