Based on 19 identified studies with 23 eligible groups (485 adults aged 54 to 71 years), the researchers found that survivors of stroke improved their composite aerobic capacity (based on the six-minute walk test
, maximal oxygen consumption [VO2] peak, and walking speed) with an effect size of 0.38.
Secondary efficacy measures include change in exercise capacity as assessed by the six-minute walk test
, and change in patient-reported quality of life as assessed by the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire
Examples of such testing protocols include the six-minute walk test
[2,30,40], the 20-m shuttle run [17,34], the Progressive Cardiovascular Endurance Run or PACER , and the three-minute step test (TMST) [2,7].
In addition to safety, the study also evaluated motor function measures through the Hammersmith Functional Motor Scale-Expanded (HFMSE); Upper Limb Module (ULM); and Six-Minute Walk Test
The primary endpoints of the six-month, parallel-design study are change in distance walked (metres) as measured by the six-minute walk test
and change in the Total Fatigue score on the Primary Mitochondrial Myopathy Symptom Assessment (PMMSA), a patient-reported outcome measure.
The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, found an association between greater physical fitness (as measured by a six-minute walk test
) and healthier memory and cognition.
Their fitness was assessed with the Six-Minute Walk test
which involved participants walking back and forth between two markers placed 10 metres apart for six minutes.
Physical performance measures were conducted in this order: (a) Wingate Test to measure maximal muscular power and anaerobic power; (b) Six-Minute Walk Test
to measure functional exercise capacity; and (c) multiple tests on a Biodex Machine to measure muscular strength, power, and fatigue.
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Six-minute walk test
(6MWT) is a simple, objective and reproducible test.