Do people with peripheral artery disease need a monitored exercise program?

Anthony G. Smeglin, MD
Interventional Cardiology
People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) don't have to have a monitored exercise program, but they may prefer it, and it works better. Most insurance companies will approve at least a 12-week or so monitored exercise therapy program.

People can exercise on their own if they prefer. They can go outside and walk around the block, ride a bicycle or swim. In the winter they can walk around a mall. There are a whole host of exercises that can help get that heart rate up and circulation improved.

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