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Heart and Vascular

Guided Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Guided Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs. This reduction in blood flow commonly causes pain in the legs.

The most effective non-invasive therapy for improving symptoms of PAD is exercise and lifestyle changes. Studies have shown that supervised exercise has better outcomes than home therapy. The goal of Doylestown Health's Guided Exercise Therapy program for PAD is to help you improve your fitness and manage your PAD symptoms through exercise and education.

Our PAD Exercise Therapy Program includes:

  • 8 to 12 weeks of therapy; up to 36 sessions
  • 3 to 5 sessions per week

PAD Exercise Therapy Program Overview

In this program:

  • You will have an assessment to design your exercise program. This will be based on your exact needs.
  • You will be discharged from the program after 12 weeks.
  • Our Cardiac Rehab team will review your plan to reduce risk factors and help improve your outcomes.
  • Eating a heart healthy diet is a great way to control PAD risk factors. Your therapist will help guide your diet plan to reach your goals.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association supports Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) to improve PAD.

PAD Exercise Therapy Program Benefits

  • Ability to walk faster
  • Ability to walk longer
  • Improve quality of life
  • Leg muscles improve due to increased oxygen
  • Leg vessels enlarge
  • Blood thins and blood flow improves

PAD Exercise Therapy Program Goals

  • Increase walking distance
  • Reduce leg pain
  • Stop or reverse PAD
  • Improve quality of life

PAD Risk Factors You Can Control

  • Stop tobacco use
  • Keep LDL less than 100 mg/dL
  • Keep blood pressure less than 130/80
  • Keep A1C less than 7%
  • Increase exercise - walk daily
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Follow a heart healthy diet

Getting Started

You must visit your doctor before starting the PAD program. Your doctor will review your disease and risk factors to create a plan for you. Schedule an appointment for the PAD exercise therapy program by calling 215.345.2390.

Follow Up Care at the Health & Wellness Center

At the end of the 12 week program, you will receive information about Cardiac Rehab at the Health & Wellness Center in Warrington. The staff will continue to help you improve your walking and exercise endurance. They can provide further education needs for you.

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