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Ats guidelines for the six minute walk test by dr kartik sood

Ats guidelines for the six minute walk test by dr kartik sood



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    • ATS Guidelines for the Six-Minute Walk Test
      shuttle-walk test
      detection of exercise-induced asthma
      cardiac stress test
    • Six minute walk test
      Assessment of functional capacity has traditionally been done by merely asking patients the following:
      How many flights of stairs can you climb ?
      How many blocks can you walk ?
      However, patients vary in their recollection and may report overestimations or underestimations of their true functional capacity.
    • In the early 1960s, Balke developed a simple test to evaluate the functional capacity by measuring the distance walked during a defined period of time.
      A 12-minute field performance test was then developed to evaluate the level of physical fitness of healthy individuals.
      The self-paced 6MWT assesses the submaximal level of functional capacity.
    • In an attempt to accommodate patients with respiratory disease for whom walking 12 minutes was too exhausting, a 6-minute walk test came into being.
      The 6MWT is a practical simple test that requires a 100-ft hallway but no exercise equipment or advanced training for technicians.
    • It evaluates the global and integrated responses of all the systems involved during exercise but It does not provide specific information on the function of each of the different organs and systems involved in exercise or the mechanism of exercise limitation.
      However, because most activities of daily living are performed at submaximal levels of exertion, the 6MWD may better reflect the functional exercise level for daily physical activities.
    • It is a powerful tool in evaluation of functional status and prognosis of patients with a variety of functional impairments.
      Lung transplantation
      Lung resection
      Lung volume reduction surgery
      Pulmonary rehabilitation
      Pulmonary hypertension
      Heart failure
      Cystic fibrosis
      Heart failure
      Peripheral vascular disease
      Older patients
    • Contraindications
      Unstable angina
      Myocardial infarction during previous month
      Resting heart rate >120/ min
      Systolic blood pressure > 180mm Hg
      Diastolic blood pressure > 100mm Hg
      Stable exertional angina is not a contraindication but patients having it should perform the test after taking anti angina medications and rescue nitrate medication should be readily available.
    • Technical aspects
      Test Is performed indoors
      Along a long, flat, straight, enclosed corridor with a hard surface that is seldom traveled.
      The walking course must be 30 m in length thus a 100-ft hallway is required.
      The length of the corridor should be marked every 3 m.
      The turnaround points should be marked with a cone.
      A starting line, which marks the beginning and end of each 30-m lap, should be marked on the floor using brightly colored tape.
    • Patient preparation
      Comfortable clothing should be worn.
      Appropriate shoes for walking should be worn.
      Patients should use their usual walking aids during the test (cane, walker, etc.).
    • The patient's usual medical regimen should be continued.
      A light meal is acceptable before early morning or early afternoon tests.
      Patients should not have exercised vigorously within 2 hours of beginning the test.
    • Measurements
      Repeat testing should be performed about the same time of day to minimize intraday variability.
      A "warm-up" period before the test should not be performed.
      Pulse oximetry is optional. If it is performed, measure and record baseline heart rate and oxygen saturation (SpO2)
    • The patient should sit at rest in a chair, located near the starting position, for at least 10 minutes before the test starts. During this time, check for contraindications, measure pulse and blood pressure, and make sure that clothing and shoes are appropriate.
      Have the patient stand and rate their baseline dyspnea and overall fatigue using the Borg scale.
      Set the lap counter to zero and the timer to 6 minutes.
      Then the patient walking at a comfortable pace walks and every lap that is covered by him is marked on the sheet.
    • The patient if gets tired while walking then he is allowed to rest but the timer is not stopped.
      The patient is informed about every passing minute but no words of encouragement or instructions to hurry up is given to the patient.
      Once the timer rings the patient is asked to stop where he is and following things are carried out :
      Post-test: Record the post walk Borg dyspnea and fatigue levels.
      Record the number of laps from the counter
    • If using a pulse oximeter, measure SpO2 and pulse rate from the oximeter .
      Calculate the total distance walked, rounding to the nearest meter.
      Congratulate the patient on good effort and offer a drink of water.
    • Borg scale
      0 Nothing at all
      0.5 Very, very slight (just noticeable)
      1 Very slight
      2 Slight (light)
      3 Moderate
      4 Somewhat severe
      5 Severe (heavy)
      7 Very severe
      10 Very, very severe (maximal)
    • This Borg scale should be printed on heavy paper and preferably laminated.
      At the beginning of the 6-minute exercise, show the scale to the patient and ask the patient to grade his shortness of breath and fatigue according to the scale.
    • Post test he is reminded of his previous scores and is asked to grade his shortness of breath and fatigue after completion of test again.
      Then the result of pre and post treatment value is compared and the result is given as an absolute value like patient improved by 50 meters.
      Reliable reference equations establishing standard performance during six minute walk test in healthy individuals is not available.
    • Test should be terminated in case patient develops :
      Chest pain
      Severe dyspnea
      Leg cramps
      Profound oxyhemoglobindesaturation.
      Testing should be performed in a location where a rapid,appropriate response to an emergency is possible
      Supplies that must be available include oxygen, sublingual nitroglycerine, aspirin, and albuterol (mdi)
      technician should be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation
      If a patient is on chronic oxygen therapy, oxygen should be given at their standard rate
    • Factors reducing six minute walk test
      Short height
      Older age
      Female sex
      Higher body weight
      Impaired cognition
      Short corridor i.e. walking distance
      Pulmonary disease (COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease)
      Musculoskeletal disorders (arthritis, ankle, knee, or hip injuries, muscle wasting, etc.)
      Cardiovascular disease (angina, MI, CHF, stroke, TIA, PVD)
    • Factors increasing six minute walk test
      Male sex
      Higher motivation
      Taller height or long legs
      A person who has performed the test previously
      Medication for a disabling disease taken just before the test
      The 6MWT is a useful measure of functional capacity targeted at people with at least moderately severe impairment. The test
      has been widely used for preoperative and postoperative evaluation and for measuring the response to therapeutic interventions for pulmonary and cardiac disease
      Purpose of this measurement tool is to assess the functional capacity
      Indications are chronic airflow obst. Chronic heart failure, cardiac disease,rheumatoidarthiritis,people awaiting heart transplantation,patients with pacemakers,undergoing cardiac rehab,intermittentclaudication,chronic respiratory failure.
    • SWT is a performance based test that measures exercise performance levels.
      Distance walked is measured in meters.
      Longer the distance walked signifies better performance
    • For this test you need a quiet treatement area that is atleast 12 meters in length and a tape player .The standard instructions are given on the audio cassette tape . Subjects are required to walk back and forth ,turning around two cones placed 9 meters apart making the shuttle distance 10 meters long.The subject must keep pace with the prerecorded auditory signal such that they complete a turn as each sound beeps every minute an audio signal sounds at increasingly shorter intervals.
    • One beep indicates the length of one shuttle and three beeps indicates an increase in speed .
      There are 12 levels of speed beginning at 0.5 m/s and ending at 2.37 m/s.
      If the patient chooses to stop or fails to keep up with the audio signals after one warning the test will end.
      The test will also terminate if the patient reaches 85% of their maximal heart rate or their oxygen levels go below a preset limit .
    • Time required is 15 to 45 minutes depending on the patients condition .
      • Reliable,valid and fast assessment
      • Since this test is externally paced meaning the pace and form of the patients walk is determined by factors outside their control .this eliminates the encouragement that is typical of self paced tests ,which makes this test more like gold std for measurement of exercise capacity
    • Detection of exercise induced asthma
      Exercise induced asthma is bronchoconstriction and symptoms of shortness of breath , chest tightness and cough that develop when you exercise
      Symptoms may occur shortly after a brief period of exercise or 10 to 15 minutes into a longer period of exercise and resolve with rest in not more than 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Most commonly a form of exercise testing with pre and post exercise spirometry is used to confirm the diagnosis
      Exercise is done on a treadmill or stationary bycycle until you reach 85% of your expected maximum heart rate.
      Diagnosis is confirmed if FEV1 falls more than 10 % with exercise .
    • Use of bronchoprovocation challenge test and peak flows (pre and post exercise) are not recommended to diagnose exercise induced asthma becoz results are often inaccurate.
      The 6MWT is safer, easier to administer, better tolerated, and better reflects activities of daily living than other walk
      tests (such as the shuttle walk test).
      With the 6MWT the instructions to the patient are to “walk as far as you can during 6-minutes,” whereas the shuttle walk test pressures the patient to meet multiple deadlines, according to beeps from an audio cassette tape. The 6MWT is self-paced, and a patient is probably less likely to push himself beyond his endurance or through angina or other pain than during the shuttle walk test. The shuttle walk test is better correlated with peak oxygen uptake, as measured by a full cardiopulmonary exercise test, but not as many people are using the shuttle walk test.