A simple walk test to guide exercise programming of the elderly.
Exercise training programs are usually based on a maximal exercise stress test ; however, this test is often difficult and sometimes frightening to older persons.
This preliminary study reports on a fixed-distance, submaximal walk test and compares its usefulness for exercise prescription to that of the traditional maximal stress test.
Ten cardiac patients, with an average age of 72 years (4 men), had recent clinically indicated maximal graded stress tests.
Within one week, each had the walk test, which consisted of walking three times up and back 100 feet in the hospital corridor (total of 600 feet) as rapidly as possible, with a blood pressure cuff on their arm and carrying the electrocardiogram cable.
Resting and peak heart rate, blood pressure, symptoms, and exercise electrocardiograms were compared for the walk test v the maximal stress test.
Oxygen consumption was calculated from the peak workload on the maximal stress test and from walking speed on the walk test.
The peak heart rates after the walk test were within the target heart rate zone (70-85%) for exercise programming, as obtained from the maximal stress test, in all patients except one.
The calculated peak oxygen consumption from the walk test was also within the training zone (60-80%) obtained from the maximal stress test in all patients except one. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Vieillard, Homme, Epreuve effort, Programmation objectif, Marche à pied, Evaluation, Capacité, Etablissement troisième âge, Prévention, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Système nerveux pathologie, Rééducation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Elderly, Human, Exercise tolerance test, Goal programming, Walking, Evaluation, Capacity, Homes for the aged, Prevention, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Nervous system diseases, Reeducation
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0380491
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 12/09/1997.