Six-minute walk

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The six-minute walk tests how well the heart is working and how much oxygen is in the blood during exercise. Learn about the six-minute walk.

Key points

  • The six-minute walk tells your child's doctor how well your child's heart works and how much oxygen is in your child's blood during exercise.
  • The test uses a machine to measure your child's heart rate and oxygen level while your child walks up and down the hall.
  • Your child should let the technologist know right away if they have pain, trouble breathing, dizziness or tiredness during the test.
Last updated: November 10th 2009