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Monaldi Arch Chest Dis. 2009 Mar;72(1):3-9.

[The walking test: use in clinical practice].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Policlinico di Monza Cardiologia Riabilitativa Centro Salute Cuore, Monza, Italy.


Exercise Capacity is the expression of the cardiovascular and of metabolic organic efficiency and represents a important prognostic marker. The Six Minute Walking Test is adopted in the practice for exercise capacity evaluation in the normal subject as in pneumologic or cardiac rehabilitation programs, and in both pediatric and elderly ages. The aim of the work is to present a practical summary of the application of the six minutes walking test, according to the American Thoracic Society statement. We reviewed the various experiences of its application, and reported the indications, clinical interpretation parameters, relationship and correlation between functional and clinical parameters (hospitalization, quality of life, therapy and exercise control response and compliance), the basic and advanced protocol, the application modality, the reporting models, and the educational checklist.

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