Home-Based Walking Program Benefits PAD Patients
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Should the first prescription in treating peripheral artery disease (PAD) be exercise? According to a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, a home-based walking program can greatly benefit PAD patients and help develop routines and habits for exercise beneficial to their health. 168 patients with PAD ages ≥65 were randomized to a home-based exercise group or a control group. The home-based exercise group met once a week at an exercise center for information on exercises to be completed at home, while the control group met at a medical center and received health lectures unrelated to exercise. After six months, patients received either a monthly phone call on working up to a 50 minute walk (home-based exercise group) or on health lecture information (control group). At the end of the 12-month study, the home-based exercise group had improved their six minute walking distance while the control group actually had less distance than the previous year. Exercise and encouragement, along with other treatments, could be an optimal therapy for PAD patients.
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