Breaking the Tie: How to Start Rehabilitation in Patients with Severe
Limiting Intermittent Claudication
Bassem Zarif1,2*, Akram Samir1,2, Safwat Al-Nahrawi1,2 and Eman
1National Heart Institute, Egypt
2Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt
*Corresponding Author: Bassem Zarif, Department of Cardiology, National Heart Institute, Ministry of Health and Population, Cairo, Egypt.
October 18, 2021; Published: November 18, 2021
Intermittent claudication (IC) is the most common symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD). IC can worsen the quality of life
and results in marked exercise intolerance and limitation to daily activities with increased risk of cardiovascular complications. Exercise
training is the first line of conservative management in PAD. However, patients with IC may not tolerate weight-bearing exercises
because of leg discomfort induced by physical effort. This review will address alternative rehabilitation strategies to reduce exercise
limitations and improve exercise tolerance in patients with IC.
Keywords: Peripheral Artery Disease; Exercise Intolerance; Exercise Limitations; Intermittent Claudication; Exercise Training
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