What is the role of six-minute walk or exercise testing for atrial fibrillation (Afib) (AF)

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Six-minute walk or exercise testing can help assess the adequacy of rate control (eg, target heart rate of 110 bpm or less during a 6-minute walk) in patients with suspected atrial fibrillation (AF). [36]  Exercise testing can exclude ischemia prior to treatment of patients with class Ic antiarrhythmic drugs and can be used to reproduce exercise-induced AF.


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