Peripheral Arterial Disease – An Overview
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a prevalent but under-diagnosed atherosclerotic vascular disorder that is estimated to impact 8-12 million people in the United States. Medicare recently approved a reimbursement payment for Supervised Exercise Therapy for PAD. Following this announcement, this paper is one in a series designed to provide an explanation of the prevalence and pathophysiology of PAD. Subsequent papers will present a foundation for the development and design of Supervised Exercise Therapy for PAD patients in the cardiac rehabilitation setting.