Six-minute walk test

THE 6 MINUTE TEST USED TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE A PERSON CAN WALK ON A FLAT, HARD SURFACE.


A six-minute walk test can provide accurate information about the levels of oxygen in your blood

Enquiries & Appointments

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Why do I need a six minute walk test?

Your consultant may request a six-minute walk test for you to determine whether you need additional oxygen when exercising.

In some situations, the test can provide the best information about your ability to perform routine activities.

Need to know

Before the test begins your consultant will explain the test to you in detail and can answer any questions you have. A probe is put on your finger through which information about your blood oxygen levels is recorded. You'll then be asked to walk for six minutes.

The test will take approximately half an hour to complete, although this may vary slightly depending on your oxygen levels during the test.

In preparation for your six-minute walk test you should:

  • continue to take all medications as normal
  • not wear nail varnish to your appointment
  • bring any walking aid (e.g. stick) that you regularly use when walking
  • bring any oxygen prescribed to you for use whilst walking outside the house
You'll be able to return to normal activities immediately following the test. Your consultant will share the results of the test with you.

Our locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.