Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that doctors diagnose in 1 in every 20 adults over the age of 50, and 1 in every 5 adults over the age of 70.
PAD occurs due to the gradual build-up of plaque within the leg arteries, which causes a person’s risk to increase with factors such as tobacco use, diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal blood pressure, African American ethnicity, heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.
This vascular disease may result in disabling symptoms like leg pain while resting, leg cramping while walking, nerve damage, or skin breakdown.
To help people suffering from PAD pain, WHS offeres a Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) program. SET is a moderate-intensity walking program that targets the muscles that hurt when a patient walks, such as the calf, buttocks, and thighs, along with lifestyle coaching.
SET helps improve circulation andcan reduce or eliminate pain while walking and has been proven to be significantly more effective than unsupervised exercise in preventing the progression of PAD and lowering the risk of cardiovascular events prevalent in these patients.
The program’s goals are to improve functional capacity, decrease symptoms, and reduce risk factors. To achieve these objectives, the program requires up to 36 exercise sessions over 12 weeks, lasting 30-60 minutes each session, conducted in the WHS Cardiopulmonary Rehab department, and directly supervised by a physician, PA, or CRNP.
If you’re interested in scheduling a PAD rehab appointment, please call (724) 579-1575.