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Vol. 70, No. 6, 2003
Issue release date: November–December 2003
Section title: Clinical Investigations
Respiration 2003;70:579–584
(DOI:10.1159/000075202)

Shuttle Walking Test and 6-Minute Walking Test Induce a Similar Cardiorespiratory Performance in Patients Recovering from an Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Vagaggini B. · Taccola M. · Severino S. · Marcello M. · Antonelli S. · Brogi S. · De Simone C. · Giardina A. · Paggiaro P.L.
Cardio-Thoracic Department, Pneumology Section, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Clinical Investigations

Received: 7/19/2002
Accepted: 5/12/2003
Published online: 1/16/2004

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0025-7931 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0356 (Online)

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Abstract

Background: The incremental shuttle walking test (SWT) has recently been proposed as a more valid and reproducible alternative to the conventional 6-min walking test (6MWT) in the evaluation of exercise tolerance in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Objective: To compare the cardiorespiratory performance obtained during two sessions of SWT with that obtained during two sessions of 6MWT. Methods: We examined 18 patients (forced expiratory volume in 1 s: 48 ± 14%) recovering from an acute exacerbation of COPD that had required hospitalization. In the same afternoon, each patient performed two SWT and two 6MWT, with an interval of at least 30 min between each test; the sequence of the tests was randomized. Results: Mean walking distance was greater in the second SWT test than in the first SWT. The changes from baseline in systolic blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and dyspnea Borg index at the end of the test were similar between the two 6MWT and the two SWT. There was a highly significant correlation between walking distances measured during SWT and during 6MWT (ρ: 0.85, p < 0.0005). Neither SWT nor 6MWT correlated with functional data of COPD. Conclusions: SWT, though being considered to be closer to a submaximal exercise test than 6MWT, does not induce a greater cardiorespiratory performance than 6MWT in patients recovering from acute exacerbation of COPD.


  

Author Contacts

Dr.sa Barbara Vagaggini
Dipartimento Cardiotoracico, Ospedale Cisanello
Via Paradisa, 2
IT–56100 Pisa (Italy)
Tel. +39 050 995366, Fax +39 050 580124, E-Mail ppaggiaro@qubisoft.it

  

Article Information

Received: July 19, 2002
Accepted after revision: May 12, 2003
Number of Print Pages : 6
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 3, Number of References : 19

  

Publication Details

Respiration (International Review of Thoracic Diseases)
Founded 1944 as ‘Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Tuberkulose und Pneumonologie’ by E. Bachmann, M. Gilbert, F. Häberlin, W. Löffler, P. Steiner and E. Uehlinger, continued 1962–1967 as ‘Medicina Thoracalis’ as of 1968 as ‘Respiration’, H. Herzog (1962–1997)
Official Journal of the European Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology

Vol. 70, No. 6, Year 2003 (Cover Date: November-December 2003)

Journal Editor: C.T. Bolliger, Cape Town
ISSN: 0025–7931 (print), 1423–0356 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Clinical Investigations

Received: 7/19/2002
Accepted: 5/12/2003
Published online: 1/16/2004

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0025-7931 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0356 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/RES


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