Designed to meet your personal needs and help improve your quality of life.

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. 


About Our PAD Rehabilitation Program

Ohio State offers an outpatient service for PAD Rehab located at Outpatient Care Upper Arlington. This is a personalized program that helps improve the health and wellbeing of people with vascular problems. 

The program includes 36 sessions of exercise training with exercise physiologists and registered nurses. Sessions last between 30 to 60 minutes. A patient's claudication pain threshold is monitored during exercise and adjustments are made to the exercise prescription as claudication pain improves. During the course of your program, the rehabilitation team will also help you set goals to address risk factors for worsening peripheral artery disease and support you as you work toward your individual goal.

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. 

 

Benefits of PAD Rehabilitation

PAD rehabilitationcan help you:

  • Walk longer and farther before claudication pain begins 
  • Increase overall strength and endurance 
  • Address risk factors that can lead to progression of your PAD
  • Address risk factors that can lead to the development of coronary artery disease, including:
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood cholesterol 
    • Overweight or obese
    • Diabetes
    • Smoking
    • Physical inactivity
    • Depression
  • Adopt a healthier lifestyle to improve your overall healthy and quality of life 

 

 

Education is Key

Education is an important part of your rehabilitation. You and your family will learn about common symptoms, lifestyle management and prevention strategies and treatments.

  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Diabetes management
  • Cholesterol and blood pressure treatment
  • Medications
  • Stress management
  • Cardiovascular and muscle fitness
  • Smoking cessation
  • Other factors that contribute to heart disease

 Read more about what you need to know about peripheral artery disease.

Eligibility and Insurance

A physician referral is required to enroll in the PAD rehabilitation program.

Many medical insurance policies, including Medicare, cover PAD rehabilitation. However, there will be variation on the number of sessions allowed based on your benefits. You should consult with your health insurance carrier or company benefits administrator for an explanation of coverage.

Your Ohio State PAD Rehab Team

Ohio State's vascular surgeons are experienced in the use of many technologies for minimally invasive treatment of peripheral artery disease including cryoplasty, mechanical atherectomy, laser atherectomy and pharmacomechanical thrombolysis. For patients who cannot be treated with traditional methods, our vascular surgeons participate in ongoing clinical trials investigating new treatments for certain cases of peripheral artery disease.

Your personal case manager will guide your rehabilitative process and develop a program designed to meet your unique needs and goals. We will consider your medical history, diagnostic tests and responses to health questionnaires to create your specific, personally achievable goals and targets.

Your multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation team will consist of:

  • Vascular physicians
  • Nurses
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Dietitians

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.

Slowing Progression of Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease or PAD

To slow the progression of the disease, Hosam Farouk El Sayed, MD, recommends healthy lifestyle changes, with stopping smoking as one of the most important.

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