Corridor-based functional performance measures correlate better with physical activity during daily life than treadmill measures in persons with peripheral arterial disease

Mary M. McDermott*, Philip A. Ades, Alan Dyer, Jack M. Guralnik, Melina Kibbe, Michael H. Criqui

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Abstract

Objective: To compare associations of physical activity during daily life with treadmill walking performance and corridor-based functional performance measures in persons with lower extremity peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Study Design: Cross-sectional. Subjects: One hundred fifty-six men and women with PAD who completed baseline measurements and were randomized into the study to improve leg circulation (SILC) exercise clinical trial. Main Outcome Measures: Participants completed a Gardner-Skinner treadmill protocol. Corridor-based functional performance measures were the 6-minute walk, walking velocity over four meters at usual and fastest pace, and the short physical performance battery (SPPB) (0-12 scale, 12 = best). Physical activity during daily life was measured continuously over 7 days with a Caltrac (Muscle Dynamics Fitness Network, Inc, Torrence, Calif) accelerometer. Results: Adjusting for age, gender, and race, higher levels of physical activity during daily life were associated with greater distance achieved in the 6-minute walk (P trend = .001), faster fast-paced four-meter walking velocity (P trend < .001), faster usual-paced four-meter walking speed (P trend = .027) and a higher SPPB (P trend = .005). The association of physical activity level with maximum treadmill walking distance did not reach statistical significance (P trend = .083). There were no associations of physical activity with treadmill distance to onset of leg symptoms (P trend = .795). Conclusion: Functional performance measures are more strongly associated with physical activity levels during daily life than treadmill walking measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1237.e1
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Volume48
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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