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What Exercises Should Patients with PAD Avoid

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, can result in considerable disability, particularly pain when walking, pain at night, or even non-healing wounds. We encourage patients to walk if they have Peripheral Arterial Disease with the understanding that leg pain when walking is not dangerous, and often with walking, you can improve how far you go before the pain continues. There are very few exercises that need to be avoided with Peripheral Arterial Disease. Walking is among the best exercises and is better than bike riding or other things. In general, any exercise that puts stress on the legs and works those muscles of the legs is beneficial. The only reason you would need to avoid exercise is if there is a wound that would be exposed or injured in some way. Learn more at

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