A Structured Peripheral Artery Disease Rehabilitation Program
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) happens when a fatty material called plaque builds up along the walls of the artery. The buildup causes the arteries to narrow and restrict blood flow to the legs causing pain, cramping or aching in the calves and hips known as claudication. Weakness of the leg muscles and poor healing also can result.
Scientific studies have demonstrated that a structured walking program over 3 to 6 months can dramatically reduce the claudication by improving blood flow to the legs.
The New Heart Center is now offering a Walk for Success program, which combines a structured walking program with smoking cessation, nutrition education and cardiac risk factor management. The goal of this program is to increase walking distances without claudication and to generally improve the quality of life. A secondary benefit is to reduce the risk for coronary artery disease when the same problem affects the hearts arteries.