Features April 2007 Issue

Exercising Your Arms May Reduce Leg Pain, Improve Blood Flow

If you suffer leg pain from peripheral arterial disease, new research suggests that alternative exercises may provide relief.

According to a study recently presented at the American Heart Associationís Scientific Sessions, exercising your arms may help reduce leg discomfort associated with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD is a common condition that affects eight to 12 million Americans, and is characterized by a blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the legs, resulting in pain, tightness, and/or weakness during walking.

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