6 Minute Walk for Breath
Thursday, November 27th, 2014 – 10am-12pm
BWG Leisure Centre
471 West Park Ave.
Bradford ON L3Z 0J3
For the 3rd year in a row, the BWG Leisure Centre will be hosting a 6 Minute Walk for Breath Awareness and Fundraising event for Pulmonary Hypertension to run from from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 27th in the main lobby, Community Corner of the BWG Leisure Centre.
Contact Ruth (email@example.com) if you’re interested in helping her out.
What is the 6-minute walk test?
The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) is an easy to perform and practical test that is used in the assessment of patients with a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases including pulmonary hypertension. It simply measures the distance that a patient can walk on a flat, hard surface during a period of six minutes. The test is “self-paced”, where patients select their own level of intensity, which helps to more accurately reflect “everyday activities” for each particular person*.
This test is used to measure a patient’s exercise capacity. Generally, this test will be performed when a patient is first diagnosed (gives a baseline) and then will be subsequently performed at clinic visits to measure whether the patient is doing better or worse. The patient is asked to rest for 10 minutes before the test and at this time their oxygen saturation level is measured to set a baseline.
The patient is also asked to gauge their level of dyspnea (breathlessness) prior to walking and at the end of the test. The patient then walks at their own pace, and is allowed to stop and rest as needed, for a period of 6 minutes.
Indicators such as distance walked and level of oxygen desaturation, dyspnea (breathlessness) score and other vital signs are used to measure how the patient is doing (better, worse, stable etc.), how medications are working and whether or not dosage needs to be adjusted or new medications need to be tried.