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Kirsten Buchanan



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Coronary artery disease affects more than 13 million Americans. A sub-population of these patients, despite exercising regularly, can develop cardiac disease. The 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) is a functional outcome measure that is easy to implement and has been used across multiple populations. There is limited literature that has investigated the use of the 6MWT on post-operative day one (POD1) after cardiac surgery. Patients participating in self motivated exercise programs prior to surgery are found to excel with early utilization of the 6MWT. For this active sub-population the 6MWT on POD1 may be a more specific and sensitive outcome measure. The purpose of this case report is to investigate the use of the 6MWT as an outcome measure POD1 in a patient after cardiac surgery who participated in a self-exercise pre-op program.

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Physical Therapy

Early Utilization Of The 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) In An Active Patient After Cardiac Surgery - A Case Report



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