• Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) significantly affects quality of life, particularly when doing activities such as walking and climbing stairs. In addition, persons with PAD have an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and limb amputations. This article will summarize PAD, address exercise benefits specific to the disease, and discuss exercise training for those with PAD in both the clinical and the health and fitness setting.
This article provides an overview of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), explains the importance of exercise/physical activity for managing PAD, and discusses exercise guidelines for the clinical and health and fitness environments.
Paul Sorace, M.S., RCEP, CSCS, is a clinical exercise physiologist for The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. He also is a member of the ACSM Publications Subcommittee and ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition Program Planning Committee. He is a past member of the ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® Practice Board and the ACSM Exam Development Team. He is coeditor for ACSM's Certified News and an editorial board member for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®.
Peter Ronai, M.S., RCEP, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, is a clinical exercise physiologist and manager of Community Health for Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers of Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. He is the past president of the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, a previous member of the ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® Practice Board and Continuing Professional Education Committee and a current member of the ACSM Publications Subcommittee. He is ACSM Program Director certified. He also is an adjunct instructor in the Exercise Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT.
James R. Churilla, Ph.D., M.P.H., RCEP, CSCS, is an assistant professor of Exercise Physiology and Physical Activity Epidemiology in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. His research focuses on physical activity, the metabolic syndrome, and population health. He is ACSM Program Director certified, an At-Large Member of the SEACSM Executive Board, and a current member of the ACSM Publications Subcommittee. He is a member of ACSM, the American Heart Association's Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, the American Physiological Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.