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Assessment of Functional Capacity in Patients with Hypertension Using the Six Minute Walk Test

Functional capacity assessment is now a recognized method for evaluating a person's ability to utilize oxygen during exercise. A six-minute walk test is the most popular and widely used because it’s easy to use and requires no sophisticated equipment. The patients with hypertension should be routinely assessed to monitor their treatment effectiveness and the patients’ clinical status.


Objectives: Assessment of functional capacity (FC) is useful in monitoring patient’s progress and also predicts the prognosis. However, sophisticated laboratory equipments are usually required which are not readily available in the clinical settings. This study assessed FC of patients with hypertension using the 6-Minute Walk Test (6-MWT).

19 Apr, 2016
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e-Published: 28 Apr, 2016


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