How does exercise reduce pain in people with peripheral vascular disease?

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Some people with peripheral vascular disease have claudication, or pain, in the calf, thigh or buttock muscles when they walk. In some cases, participating in a supervised exercise program can help build collateral blood vessels. These new pathways go around the blocked vessel to improve blood flow, and that can reduce the leg pain.

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