What are absolute 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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Absolute contraindications include the following:

  • Acute myocardial infarction

  • Unstable angina

  • Uncontrolled arrhythmias causing symptoms or hemodynamic compromise

  • Active endocarditis

  • Acute myocarditis or pericarditis

  • Symptomatic severe aortic stenosis

  • Uncontrolled heart failure

  • Acute pulmonary embolus or pulmonary infarction

  • Thrombosis of lower extremities

  • Suspected dissecting aneurysm

  • Uncontrolled asthma

  • Pulmonary edema

  • Room air SpO2 at rest less than 85%

  • Acute respiratory failure

  • Acute noncardiopulmonary disorder that may affect exercise performance or be aggravated by exercise (ie, infection, renal failure, thyrotoxicosis)

  • Mental impairment leading to inability to cooperate

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