Home-Based Walking Program Improves Walking in PAD Patients
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A study that included 200 subjects with peripheral artery disease (PAD), found that a home-based exercise intervention with a group-mediated cognitive behavioral intervention component improved walking and physical activity in patients with PAD.
Mary M. McDermott, MD, of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, and colleagues found that a 6-month follow-up, participants in the intervention group improved their 6-minute walking distance by 1,173 to 1,312 feet. Also, they improved their maximal treadmill walking time from 7.91 minutes to 9.44 minutes. “Based on these findings, clinical practice guidelines should advise clinicians to recommend home-based walking programs with a weekly group-mediated cognitive behavioral intervention component for patients with PAD who do not have access to supervised exercise,” the study authors were quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: JAMA, July 2013
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