Harvard Heart Letter

Medicare now covers exercise training for blocked leg arteries

Research we’re watching About 8.5 million Americans have peripheral artery disease, or PAD, in which fatty plaque clogs arteries outside of the heart, most commonly in the legs. The hallmark symptom is calf or thigh pain while walking that goes away when you rest. The safest, most effective treatment for PAD is supervised exercise training, in which you’re monitored while walking on a treadmill. Few people participate, however, partly because of the expense…

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