Optimising exercise training in peripheral arterial disease

Bulmer, Andrew C. and Coombes, Jeff S. (2004) Optimising exercise training in peripheral arterial disease. Sports Medicine, 34 (14). pp. 983-1003. ISSN 0112-1642


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author verison not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 05 May 2010 12:11
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: peripheral arterial disease; exercise training; claudication
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.2165/00007256-200434140-00004
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7896

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