Why Vascular Rehabilitation?
The benefits of completing a vascular rehabilitation program include:
- Improved quality of life
- Increased walking distance before experiencing symptoms
- Greater muscle strength and endurance
- Reduced cardiovascular disease risk factors
- More knowledge about your condition and overall health
- Sessions consist of 30-60 minutes of therapeutic exercise training, including treadmill walking, stationary cycling and other cardiovascular and strengthening activities, depending on your individual condition and tolerance to exercise
- One to three sessions per week for up to 12 weeks (36 sessions)
- Five minute warm up and cool down period
- Education on PAD, healthy lifestyle changes and risk factor reduction
Medicare and many other insurance companies can cover a large portion, if not all, of the costs of vascular rehabilitation. Insurance benefits will be verified before patients enter the program.
Are You a Candidate?
A doctor will need to diagnose you with PAD or intermittent claudication (IC) through evaluation and diagnostic tests before you can participate in vascular rehabilitation.
Symptoms of PAD can include:
- Painful and limited walking due to pain in the legs and calf muscles
- Poor tolerance to activities of daily living while standing
Contributing factors of PAD:
- Presence of other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or abnormal blood cholesterol levels
- Presence of heart disease, heart attack or stroke
A doctor’s referral is required for vascular rehabilitation. A vascular rehab representative will work with you and your physician’s office to get you started.
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