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When walking is the best medicine

August 1, 2022

Supervised exercise therapy can be just as effective as more invasive treatments for peripheral artery disease.

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Would you be willing to push past pain if it helped you improve a dangerous health condition? While pain is normally a sign to stop what you’re doing, embracing discomfort is exactly what’s necessary to successfully treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) through exercise.

An estimated nine million Americans have been diagnosed with PAD, which cuts blood flow to muscles — typically in the legs — when plaque buildup narrows arteries far from the heart. The condition’s classic sign is calf pain or cramping while walking (called claudication) that eases with rest.

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