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Cardiopulmonary: Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Walking Program

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What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a life-threatening condition that causes the narrowing or blockage of the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the legs. Also known as claudication, poor circulation, vascular disease or hardening of the arteries, PAD is a buildup of plaque in the peripheral arteries which slows blood flow to the legs. Blockages can cause muscle cramps, tightness or weakness, especially during activity. 

Peripheral arterial disease imageIn early stages, there may be no symptoms, but as PAD progresses, the following symptoms may appear:
•    Leg pain when walking
•    Muscle pain or cramping in the legs and calves triggered by activity
•    Leg numbness or weakness
•    Coldness in lower leg or foot
•    Sores on toes, legs, or feet that won’t heal
•    Change in the color of legs

What is the PAD Walking Program?

Over the course of 36 sessions, our Cardiopulmonary team will work with you to increase your walking distance and endurance while reducing the pain associated with PAD.  

The PAD Walking Program is available in both Belmond and Clarion. A referral from your provider is needed to begin this program. To learn more, contact the Cardiopulmonary Department in Clarion at 515-532-9351 or Belmond at 641-444-5671.

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