Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
What is PAD?
Peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) results from plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) in the arteries making them thicker and narrower. Narrowing of the arteries limits blood flow, often to the legs causing pain (called intermittent claudication). This leg pain is often with exertion which limits mobility, function, and decreases quality of life.
What do supervised exercise programs for PAD include?
Exercise programs have been shown to decrease the symptoms of PAD. The exercise program usually consists of progressive walking and is recommended 30-60 minutes, 3 times per week.
Who is a candidate for PAD?
A physician must refer you to the supervised exercise program for PAD. You must have a diagnosis of PAD with symptomatic intermittent claudication (pain) in your legs.
What are the benefits of an exercise program for PAD?
- Improve quality and distance of walking with less leg pain
- Improve quality of life
- Prevent PAD progression to artery blockages and / or amputation
- Decrease symptoms and lower risk for coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke
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