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A simple approach to assess VT during a field walk test.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20617483     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We aimed to examine whether the ventilatory threshold (VT) during an incremental shuttle walk test (ISWT) could be determined using heart rate variability (HRV) analysis. Further aims were to assess variables capable of predicting performance in the ISWT and the intensity of this test. Beat-to-beat RR intervals and gas exchange values in 10 healthy subjects (31-83 years; 7 men) were collected during the ISWT. The ventilatory equivalent was used to assess VT from respiratory components. To determine the HRV threshold (HRVT), the instantaneous beat-to-beat variability values of the RR intervals at each stage of exercise were graphically plotted against walking speed (WS). The oxygen consumption at HRVT was calculated (VO2HRVT). No significant differences were found between walking speed (WS) at VT and WS at HRVT (5.04±1.00 vs. 5.10±1.04  km/h; p=0.89). Linear regression analysis revealed a strong correlation between VO2VT and VO2HRVT (r(2)=0.896). The Bland and Altman plot analysis revealed an agreement between VO2VT and VO2HRVT (-0.05; 95%CI: -0.30-0.20  L/min). Thus, the VT can be assessed during the ISWT using a simple heart monitor. The ISWT may be a useful tool to assess exercise capacity and prescribe walking programs.
V Z Dourado; M C Banov; M C Marino; V L de Souza; L C de O Antunes; M A McBurnie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-07-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of sports medicine     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1439-3964     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Sports Med     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-11     Completed Date:  2011-01-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8008349     Medline TA:  Int J Sports Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  698-703     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.
Federal University of São Paulo, Department of Health Sciences, Santos, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anaerobic Threshold / physiology
Exercise Test
Heart Rate / physiology*
Lactic Acid / blood*
Linear Models
Middle Aged
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Pulmonary Ventilation / physiology*
Walking / physiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
50-21-5/Lactic Acid

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