Ohio State’s PAD Rehabilitation Program is a personalized program that helps improve the health and wellbeing of people with vascular problems. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) rehabilitation is an outpatient service for patients diagnosed with PAD - a disorder caused by atherosclerosis, or plaque build up, that limits blood flow to the limbs. This limitation in blood flow results in claudication pain primarily in the working muscles of the legs.

While the core of PAD rehabilitation is exercise, the program also targets nutrition and diet, weight optimization, management of cholesterol and triglycerides, blood pressure, diabetes and stress. The program is provided on an outpatient basis. Sessions consist primarily of treadmill walking designed to target claudication pain, but may also include other types of exercise utilizing a variety of equipment. 

Our team works with you and your family to ensure a successful rehabilitation experience. You will be assigned a team member as your case manager who will help track your care and become your resource for any questions or concerns you may have as you progress toward achievement of your program goals. 

Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment at Ohio State

Patrick Vaccaro, MD, explains the advancements in treatment of PAD, with many patients benefiting from simpler outpatient procedures. 

What is peripheral artery disease?

Dr. Jean Starr, a vascular surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, explains what peripheral artery disease is and how it affects approximately 10 million people in the United States.
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