Being active is part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. It can also help you keep peripheral arterial disease (PAD) from getting worse. Regular exercise can help you manage high blood pressure and cholesterol, which can help control PAD and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program. If you have any
symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, or lightheadedness during
exercise, report these symptoms to your doctor before continuing your exercise
I had my first heart attack 26 years ago, when I was 52. I was very active
then, sometimes jogging and often walking long distances. But I was also on the
congressional staff in Washington, and the day leading up to the attack was
even more hectic than usual. My boss was introducing major legislation, and I
had crafted an important floor speech. I didn’t have time for regular meals and
ate a huge cheeseburger for dinner, then smoked three or four cigarettes.
It happened about 3 in the morning...
Regular exercise can decrease leg pain that occurs with
intermittent claudication) in some people who have peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
doctor may want you to try a supervised exercise program. This program may include both walking and weight training exercises. You will work with a
therapist at an exercise facility such as a rehab center. Each day you will
walk until the pain starts, then rest until it goes away before continuing.
Your therapist will ask you to try to walk just a little farther each day
before resting. Don't try to walk through the pain. The goal is to increase the
amount of time you can exercise before the pain starts.
You may start a similar walking
program at home (with your doctor's approval).
Exercise helps prevent PAD
If you do not have PAD, regular exercise can reduce your risk of getting it. Exercise can help you:
Lower blood pressure.
Regulate blood sugar (important for people who have