For more information about the program or to see if you might qualify, contact the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at 814-467-3029.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem where blood flow to the extremities is reduced because of narrowed arteries. A progressive thickening of an artery’s lining is caused by a buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis), which narrows or blocks blood flow. The legs are most commonly affected, but PAD can also affect the arms, stomach, or kidneys. PAD increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, amputation, and death.
Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is now a service covered by most insurances and is offered by the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at CSSMCW. It is an effective intermittent walking program that helps to alleviate the most common symptom of PAD – aching or cramping of the legs that typically occurs when walking and goes away with rest. SET has been shown to be significantly more effective than unsupervised exercise and could prevent the progression of PAD and lower the risk of cardiovascular events that are prevalent in these patients.