Walking Program for Peripheral Artery Disease (SET-PAD) | MedStar Health

Walking Program for Peripheral Artery Disease (SET-PAD)

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What is SET-PAD?

Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) involves the use of intermittent walking exercise, which alternates periods of walking to moderate-to-maximum pain, with rest. SET has been recommended for patients suffering from intermittent claudication (IC), the most common symptom experienced by people with PAD.

Why Walk?

The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) encourages participation in supervised walking programs for people with PAD to lessen pain and reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke.

A regular walking program:

  • Improves walking ability
  • Helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Helps with weight loss (in conjunction with diet)

What to Expect

  • Up to 36 sessions, two to three times a week over a 12-week period
  • Sessions lasting 30 to 60 minutes
  • Supervision by qualified staff to ensure safety and progress Program designed to help you find the right pace and technique that is best suited to you
  • Monitored exercise in a safe setting, especially important for patients with other conditions such as diabetes or heart disease
  • Regular progress reports to you and your healthcare provider

SET for PAD may be covered by your insurance plan. Contact your insurance company for more information.

Call 240-434-7143 for more information.