Perspectives

Exercise for improving management of peripheral arterial disease

Perspectives

Exercise for improving management of peripheral arterial disease

Anthony S Leicht, Belinda J Parmenter

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Abstract

Peripheral arterial disease significantly impacts on the independence, quality of life and health of older adults. Lifestyle management provides an important course of action with exercise being a key contributor to improving long-term patient health. Incorporation of various exercise types and intensities with guidance from qualified exercise practitioners and clinicians will contribute to effective and successful patient management.

Key Points

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) significantly reduces walking ability and quality of life for older adults.
  • Current recommendations for regular exercise involving aerobic and/or resistance activities contribute substantially to improved patient management.
  • Accredited exercise physiologists (AEP) are key professionals responsible for the development of an appropriate exercise program for patients.
  • GPs in combination with AEPs can provide vital advice to reduce cardiovascular risk and enhance health and quality of life in patients with PAD.

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