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Optimising exercise training in peripheral arterial disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15571429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is an obstructive condition where the flow of blood through peripheral arteries is impeded. During periods of increased oxygen demand (e.g. during exercise), peripheral limb ischaemia occurs, resulting in the sensation of muscle pain termed 'claudication'. As a result of claudication, subjects' ability to exercise is greatly reduced affecting their quality of life. Although many treatment options for patients with PAD exist, exercise training is an effective and low-cost means of improving functional ability and quality of life. Currently, there are limited specific recommendations to assist the exercise prescription and programming of these individuals. This review summarises data from 28 exercise training studies conducted in patients with PAD and formulates recommendations based on their results. Exercise training for patients with PAD should involve three training sessions per week comprising 45 minutes of intermittent treadmill walking in a supervised environment for a time period of 20 weeks or more. Encouragement and direction is given to further research aimed at investigating the effectiveness of training programmes in these patients.
Andrew C Bulmer; Jeff S Coombes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.)     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0112-1642     ISO Abbreviation:  Sports Med     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-01     Completed Date:  2005-04-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412297     Medline TA:  Sports Med     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  983-1003     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise / physiology
Exercise Test
Exercise Therapy* / methods
Peripheral Vascular Diseases / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*

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