What are relative contraindications for the six-minute walk test (6mwt) in pulmonary function testing?

Updated: May 14, 2020
  • Author: Kevin McCarthy, RPFT; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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Relative contraindications are as follows:

  • Left main coronary stenosis or its equivalent

  • Moderate stenotic valvular heart disease

  • Severe untreated arterial hypertension at rest (200 mm Hg systolic, 120 mm Hg diastolic)

  • Tachyarrhythmias or bradyarrhythmias

  • High-degree atrioventricular block

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

  • Significant pulmonary hypertension

  • Advanced or complicated pregnancy

  • Electrolyte abnormalities

  • Orthopedic impairment that prevents walking

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