NICE guidance CG147 recommends as a first line treatment offering 2 hours of supervised exercise a week for a 3 month period to patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Further, the guideline encourages patients with symptoms of intermittent claudication to exercise to the point of maximal pain to stimulate the development of the collateral circulation (recommendation 1.5.2). Surgical intervention should only be offered when supervised exercise has not led to a satisfactory improvement in symptoms.
Our exercise programme provides a weekly 2 hour exercise session for a 12 week period which includes an educational component to support healthy lifestyle interventions. On discharge patients are referred into community programmes for ongoing exercise.
FIND OUT MORE