Mercy Hospital now offers a supervised exercise therapy program for people with symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).
PAD is a condition resulting from the narrowing or hardening of blood vessels in the lower extremities. This leads to decreased blood flow and in many individuals can cause pain or discomfort in the legs, buttocks, or calves, especially when walking. Decreased blood flow may lead to tissue or nerve-damage and limited walking ability can lower a person’s functional capacity and quality of life.
“Studies have shown that exercise therapy is a safe, effective option for increasing walking ability while reducing the symptoms of PAD,” said Jessica Polecheck, EPC, CPT, Exercise Physiologist. “Many studies have even shown it to be equally or more effective in increasing walking ability than invasive, revascularization procedures.”
The focus of Mercy’s 12-week supervised exercise therapy program is treadmill walking, but other exercise modalities may be used. Participants are supervised by trained exercise physiologists, who help ensure safety, adherence and progression, provide risk factor education, and assist with home exercise prescription. Because coronary artery disease is common in patients with PAD, signs and symptoms of this are also closely monitored as a participant’s functional capacity begins to increase.
If you have, or suspect you have PAD and are interested in this program, contact your physician or Cardiopulmonary Services at Mercy Hospital at 218-485-5696.