PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE (PAD) IS A CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE THAT LIMITS A PERSON'S ABILITY TO LEAD AN ACTIVE LIFE. EXERCISE IS BENEFICIAL TO IMPROVE WALKING ABILITY, REDUCE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK, AND ENHANCE QUALITY OF LIFE. THIS COLUMN DESCRIBES THE EPIDEMIOLOGY, MANAGEMENT, EXERCISE BENEFITS AND RISKS, AND EXERCISE GOALS FOR PERSONS WITH PAD.
1Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers, Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, Connecticut; and 2Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey
Peter Ronai is a clinical exercise physiologist and manager of Community Health for Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers of Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Paul Sorace is a clinical exercise physiologist for The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program and the program coordinator for The Bariatric Rehabilitation Program at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.