Vascular Rehabilitation Helps Relieve Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, offers the Vascular Rehabilitation Program for those who have difficulty walking because of PAD or circulatory problems in their legs. PAD causes pain, cramping, burning, limping and a tired feeling in the legs even when walking a short distance. For PAD patients, the degree of disability is similar to that of heart failure.
Candidates for Vascular Rehab
Candidates for vascular rehabilitation include individuals who have had at least one of the following:
- Intermittent claudication (leg discomfort) when walking
- Diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- Arterial revascularization procedures such as surgery, angioplasty or stent
- High risk factors associated with vascular disease
Rehabilitation Focuses on Healthy Diet, Exercise and Smoking Cessation
University Hospitals Vascular Rehabilitation Program focuses on all aspects of vascular health, including:
- Smoking cessation
- Behavioral counseling
- Stress management
- Risk factor reduction
- Group or individualized exercise therapy
A 16 week exercise therapy plan is designed for each participant by the vascular rehabilitation team. The exercise plan begins with individualized and monitored exercise and then leads into behavioral reinforcement and ongoing support. Exercise sessions are conveniently located at both University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and University Hospitals Chagrin Highlands Health Center.
Walk Away from PAD
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend combating PAD with a supervised walking program. At UH, we assist patients with motivation and coaching during supervised treadmill-walking exercises designed to improve muscle tone, function and walking distance.
Advantages of Vascular Rehab
The Vascular Rehabilitation at UH offers many benefits, including:
- Improving walking distance (endurance) in patients with intermittent claudication
- Improving quality of life and stress management
- Increasing muscular endurance and strength
- Reducing risk of PAD progression, thereby reducing cardiovascular risk factors
- Reducing the chance of hospitalization
Locations for Vascular Rehab Services
University Hospitals provides its comprehensive vascular rehabilitation services at the following locations:
We accept most major insurance plans and will check your insurance coverage prior to starting a program. You must have a physician referral to enroll in a program.