ANCHOR LEAD: SIMPLY WALKING ON A TREADMILL HELPS PEOPLE WITH PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Peripheral arterial disease or PAD is an extremely common condition as people age, with the US Surgeon General recently emphasizing the need for screening and awareness. Now a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has established that a moderate program of treadmill walking is very effective in improving PAD. Elizabeth Ratchford, a PAD expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
RATCHFORD: I was particularly impressed by the results of the supervised treadmill training and how that improved their walking performance, both in the patients with and without symptoms from peripheral arterial disease. I think that’s probably the most important finding of the study because exercise improves endothelial function. Patients with peripheral arterial disease with or without symptoms have endothelial dysfunction and exercise improves that so I think that accounts for why they had the improvement in their exercise ability. :27
Treadmill exercise also improved blood vessel function in arteries supplying the head and the heart. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.