Exercise helps relieve peripheral arterial disease

Taking regular moderate exercise can help to relieve symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), research suggests.

For the study, US researchers looked at rats with a blocked femoral artery and found that collateral blood flow was much more effective in restoring normal muscle function in rats that were put on regular exercise training.

The researchers propose that exercise could delay the onset of pain and increase mobility in people suffering from PAD.

Lead researcher Dr Ronald Terjung, from the University of Missouri, said: ‘Our findings raise the potential that new collateral vessels, that can develop in patients with PAD who are physically active, will function effectively to help minimise the consequences of the original vascular obstruction.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Face-to-face GP appointments on demand 'unachievable', warns RCGP chair

Face-to-face GP appointments on demand 'unachievable', warns RCGP chair

Calls for general practice to offer face-to-face appointments to all patients who...

Cornwall PCN wheels out electric car fleet to reduce carbon footprint

Cornwall PCN wheels out electric car fleet to reduce carbon footprint

Staff at a primary care network (PCN) in Cornwall have committed to reducing their...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

Repeat prescribing and SMR overhaul as review finds one in 10 scrips unnecessary

Repeat prescribing and SMR overhaul as review finds one in 10 scrips unnecessary

Repeat prescribing and use of structured medication reviews in general practice are...

BMA demands emergency meeting with government over GP abuse

BMA demands emergency meeting with government over GP abuse

BMA leaders have requested an emergency summit with the government to discuss ‘unacceptable...

Millions of pounds lost to general practice as flagship recruitment scheme falls short

Millions of pounds lost to general practice as flagship recruitment scheme falls short

Tens of millions of pounds in funding from a flagship recruitment scheme set up to...