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Peripheral Arterial Disease and Exercise for Older Adults

by: Sally Paulson, PhD and Joohee Sanders, PhD

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How a walking regimen improves fitness and reduces pain caused by poor blood flow in the legs.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when plaque accumulates in the arteries of the legs. Reduced blood flow and loss of oxygen in the tissues beyond the obstruction cause localized muscular pain, or claudication, especially during exercise (Bulmer & Coombes 2004; Womack & Gardner 2003).

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About the Authors

Sally Paulson, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Sally Paulson, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of exercise science at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. She is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditi...

Joohee Sanders, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Joohee Sanders, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of exercise science at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. She has served as a sport physiologist at the U.S. Olympic ...