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What is the 6-minute walk test, and what is its purpose?

The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) is an assessment that a doctor may use to determine a person’s exercise tolerance. It is a low risk test that measures how far a person can walk in 6 minutes. It may be useful for measuring the functional ability and fitness of people with certain health conditions.

The 6MWT is an easy, simple, safe, and reliable test that scores a person on the distance they can cover in 6 minutes of walking.

A person’s score indicates their exercise capacity, and a doctor can use it to determine whether a person’s exercise capacity is improving.

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