Why this is better than a Stent for Artery Disease

Stents or drugs are often used in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). But the latest health news shows that exercise may do just as well in helping these people improve their walking ability. The health breakthrough was just presented at an American Heart Association meeting in Rhode Island. PAD is caused by plaque build-up in the arteries, disrupting blood flow, especially to the legs. About 10 million Americans suffer from PAD and the painful cramping (“claudication”) that it causes in the leg muscles. This makes walking hard, leading to a sedentary lifestyle that worsens health. Currently, doctors’ advice is to go with medication, supervised exercise rehabilitation, and stents. The new study is the first multi-center clinical trial to compare the treatment strategies. It is published in the November issue of “Circulation.” Continue reading