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OBJECTIVE To compare the accuracy of 2 motion sensors (a pedometer and a multisensor) in terms of step counting and estimation of energy expenditure (EE) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and in healthy elderly. DESIGN In this descriptive study, all participants wore both motion sensors while performing a treadmill walking(More)
The reproducibility of the 6-min walking test (6MWT) needs to be more solidly studied. This study aimed to investigate the reproducibility of two 6MWTs performed on subsequent days in a large and representative sample of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and to quantify the learning effect between the two tests, as well as its(More)
Field walking tests are commonly employed to evaluate exercise capacity, assess prognosis and evaluate treatment response in chronic respiratory diseases. In recent years, there has been a wealth of new literature pertinent to the conduct of the 6-min walk test (6MWT), and a growing evidence base describing the incremental and endurance shuttle walk tests(More)
BACKGROUND Current literature lacks solid evidence on the improvement of heart rate variability (HRV) after exercise training in patients with COPD. OBJECTIVES We aimed to investigate changes in HRV after two exercise training programs in patients with COPD and to investigate the determinants of these eventual changes. METHODS Forty patients with COPD(More)
OBJECTIVE To propose a predictive equation of the maximal work rate (Wmax) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) based on the product of 6-minute walking test (6MWT) and fat-free mass (FFM) and to compare it with a previously proposed equation based on the product of 6MWT and body weight (BW). DESIGN Descriptive (cross-sectional)(More)
This systematic review examined the measurement properties of the 6-min walk test (6MWT), incremental shuttle walk test (ISWT) and endurance shuttle walk test (ESWT) in adults with chronic respiratory disease. Studies that report the evaluation or use of the 6MWT, ISWT or ESWT were included. We searched electronic databases for studies published between(More)
BACKGROUND Reference values for the incremental shuttle walking test (ISWT) which are applicable to the whole population need to be solidly established. This study aimed to determine which anthropometric and demographic variables influence the walking distance achieved in the ISWT in healthy subjects with a broad age range and to establish a reference(More)
BACKGROUND In healthy elderly and adults, lower physical activity level in daily life has been associated with lower socio-economic level and non-Caucasian race. The objective of this study was to determine if this is also applicable in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by comparing physical activity levels in daily life in stable patients from(More)
BACKGROUND The effects of different exercise training programs on the level of physical activity in daily life in patients with COPD remain to be investigated. OBJECTIVE In patients with COPD we compared the effects of 2 exercise/training regimens (a high-intensity whole-body endurance-and-strength program, and a low-intensity(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate characteristics of physical activities in daily life in COPD patients in Brazil, correlating those characteristics with physiological variables. METHODS Physical activities in daily life were evaluated in 40 COPD patients (18 males; 66 + or - 8 years of age; FEV(1) = 46 + or - 16 % of predicted; body mass index = 27 + or - 6 kg/m(2))(More)