Six-Minute Walk Test for Assessing Physical Functional Capacity in Chronic Heart Failure

Huiyun Du, Parichat Wonggom, Jintana Tongpeth, Robyn A. Clark

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    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. Recent Findings: 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. Summary: 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)158-166
    Number of pages9
    JournalCurrent Heart Failure Reports
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


    • Functional capacity
    • Heart failure
    • Heart rate recovery
    • Peak VO2
    • Six-minute walk test


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