Nancy Milligan is a Cardiac Nurse in the Cardiology department at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.
Using a 6-Minute Walk Test to Predict Outcomes in Patients with Left Ventricular Dysfunction
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
1997 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 22, Issue 4, pages 177–181, July-August 1997
How to Cite
Milligan, N. P., Havey, J. and Dossa, A. (1997), Using a 6-Minute Walk Test to Predict Outcomes in Patients with Left Ventricular Dysfunction. Rehabilitation Nursing, 22: 177–181. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1997.tb02095.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2MAX) is an independent variable that predicts outcomes in patients suffering from left ventricular dysfunction (LVD). Determining VO2MAX in a rehabilitation setting is not only costly and time-consuming but it would also be beyond many patients' physical abilities. This study's goal was to show that a simpler and less costly 6-minute walk test can predict mortality in patients with LVD. Sixty-six Phase 1 cardiac rehabilitation patients with LVD performed the 6-minute walk test upon admission and at discharge from a rehabilitation hospital. Upon discharge, the group that was able to walk significantly longer distances upon discharge had a higher survival rate 3 months after discharge. The 6-minute walk test can predict longer survival in patients with LVD and can provide valuable information for determining treatment plans, future prognosis, and home disposition of deconditioned LVD patients in a rehabilitation setting.