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Nordic poles immediately improve walking distance in patients with intermittent claudication.
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PMID:  18835794     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the immediate effects of Nordic pole walking (NPW) on walking distance and cardiopulmonary workload in patients with intermittent claudication. METHODS: Using a standardised treadmill test (3.2 km h(-1) at 4% gradient), walking distance, cardiopulmonary responses, leg pain and perceived exertion during NPW were compared to responses evoked by normal walking in 20 patients with intermittent claudication. The distance to onset of claudication pain (claudication distance: CD) and to maximum walking distance (MWD), heart rate (HR), expired gas parameters, leg pain (Borg's CR-10 Scale) and perceived exertion (Borg's Rating of Perceived Exertion: RPE Scale) were compared. RESULTS: CD increased significantly from a median (range) distance of 77 m (28-503) to 130 m (41-1080) and MWD increased significantly from 206 m (81-1078) to 285 m (107-1080) when patients used the Nordic poles (P=0.000). The level of leg pain at MWD was also significantly reduced during NPW (P=0.002). Perceived exertion at MWD did not increase despite an increase in cardiopulmonary work, as indicated by an increase in oxygen consumption (16.5%; P=0.000). CONCLUSION: These results show that NPW immediately enables patients with intermittent claudication to walk further with less pain, despite a higher workload. NPW might also be a useful exercise strategy for improving the cardiovascular fitness of patients with intermittent claudication.
C Oakley; I Zwierska; G Tew; J D Beard; J M Saxton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-10-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1532-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-21     Completed Date:  2008-12-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  689-94; discussion 695-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Crescent Campus, Sheffield, S10 2BP, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Therapy*
Intermittent Claudication / therapy*
Middle Aged

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