n International SportMed Journal - Exercise training in peripheral arterial disease : FIMS position statement 2011

Volume 12, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1528-3356



Peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAD) is characterized by a decreased oxygen supply of the lower limbs during physical activity associated with exercise-induced pain or other symptoms like muscle weakness. The basis of therapy is the treatment of atherosclerotic risk factors. Physical activity like walking has been shown to improve pain free and maximal walking distance by more than 100%. Recommendations for training are based on treadmill tests or a free walking test prior to training start. Reassessment is recommended in order to adapt training intensity and volume. Exercise training has to be prescribed systematically. Structured training programs are more efficient than unstructured.

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