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Heart Rate Variability during 6-Min Walk Test in Adults Aged 40 Years and Older.
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PMID:  22972244     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We evaluated age- and sex-dependent differences in heart rate variability (HRV) during the 6-min walk test (6MWT) in healthy adults. We also evaluated the intensity of the 6MWT based on HRV. 78 participants aged 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and ≥70 years (42 females; 36 men) performed the 6MWT. Heart rate and HRV were monitored 1 min at rest and during the last 2-min of the test. The root mean square (RMSSD), instantaneous beat-to-beat variability (SD1), and long-term standard deviation (SD2) of RR intervals were calculated. The SD1 <3 ms at the end of the 6MWT was defined as high-intensity exercise. Despite the significantly higher peak values of heart rate observed for women, we did not find sex- and age-related differences in HRV during the 6MWT. The ROC curve identified percentage of maximum heart rate >67% as the best cut-point for prediction of high-intensity exercise with 94% of sensitivity and 65% of specificity (area under the curve=0.804). We may conclude that autonomic modulation of heart rate during exercise was not dependent of age and sex. The HRV assessment during walking enables a valid estimation of exercise intensity in adults. We may therefore suggest the use of 6MWT for assessing exercise capacity and for prescribing exercises in adults aged 40 yrs and older.
F R Corrêa; M A da Silva Alves; M S Bianchim; A Crispim de Aquino; R L F Guerra; V Z Dourado
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of sports medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1439-3964     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Sports Med     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8008349     Medline TA:  Int J Sports Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.
Department of Human Movement Sciences, Federal University of São Paulo, Santos, Brazil.
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