Journal article

Resting Hemodynamics and Response to Exercise Using the 6-Minute Walk Test in Late Pregnancy: An International Prospective Multicentre Study

Alicia Therese Dennis, Marwa Salman, Emma Paxton, Margot Flint, Liz Leeton, Francois Roodt, Steve Yentis, Robert Anthony Dyer

ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cardiac disease is the leading cause of maternal death. Assessment of cardiovascular fitness is important in pregnant women because it is linked to increased risk of cardiac disease but is rarely undertaken or studied. The 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) is a safe exercise test but is not used in pregnancy. We determined the 95% reference interval for resting heart rate (HR) and distance walked for the 6MWT, as well as hemodynamic recovery variables, and quantified expectations and actual experiences of exertion and breathlessness with exercise in late pregnancy. METHODS: After institutional research board approval (Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry Number: 1261500096..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Australia (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association Project Grant 2016. A.T.D. receives funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council Australia (NHMRC ECF Medical Professional APP1108598).