Features September 2015 Issue

Home Exercise, Support Groups Boost Mobility in PAD Patients

Daily walking on a treadmill or other flat surface is advised for people with peripheral artery disease.

Home Exercise, Support Groups Boost Mobility in PAD Patients

Research suggests that people with peripheral artery disease can improve their walking duration if they participate in group therapy.

Group therapy that encourages walking at home is helping people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) improve their mobility. A small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that a group of PAD patients who attended weekly therapy sessions that promoted walking five days a week at home regained mobility, improved walking speed, and had less mobility loss compared to a group of PAD patients who attended general health information sessions that didnít stress home exercise.

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