Peripheral Vascular Rehab

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), or Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a disease of blockages in the arteries of the arms and the legs. Most commonly, PAD affects the arteries of the legs. This leads to the legs not getting sufficient oxygenated blood flow and thus causes tissue damage. This condition can lead to pain, leg fatigue, ulcers, and amputation in the most severe cases.

Peripheral Vascular Rehab is a specifically designed program to help the blood flow to your legs, improve your overall quality of life, decrease your pain or tiredness, and reduce other symptoms from the blockages in your legs.

Is Peripheral Vascular Rehab right for me?

Are you experiencing pain, cramping, burning, limping, and a tired feeling in the calves, legs or buttocks when walking a short distance, exercising or climbing stairs? These are all symptoms that indicate Peripheral Vascular Rehab would be the right solution for you.

Candidates for vascular rehabilitation include individuals who have had at least one of the following:

  • Intermittent claudication (leg discomfort) when walking.
  • Diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
  • Arterial revascularization procedures such as surgery, angioplasty or stent.
  • High risk factors associated with vascular disease:
    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Tobacco use

If you have been diagnosed with PAD (peripheral arterial disease) by your doctor you are eligible for this treatment. This includes patients on medications, after procedures and surgeries, as well as patients with claudication (pain or discomfort with walking).  Be sure to check with your doctor to make sure you are eligible.

Peripheral Vascular Rehab Care at San Tan Cardiovascular Center

We provide a Peripheral Vascular Rehab program through our Rehabilitation Center.

This program is designed to engage our patients who suffer from peripheral vascular disease. We have a supervised exercise program offered over a period of three months with one hour sessions, three times a week.

Peripheral Vascular Rehab is an adjunct to other known ways of treating peripheral vascular disease including medications, quitting smoking, angioplasty and stents, as well as surgery. However, exercise and lifestyle modifications are the cornerstone for effective management of this chronic disease.

We also provide invasive treatment therapies, like balloon angioplasty and stenting, at our state-of-the-art outpatient facility in Gold Canyon, AZ.

Most insurances cover this program. For self pays, our facility offers affordable payment plans.

What are the advantages of Peripheral Vascular Rehab?

The Vascular Rehab Center at San Tan Cardiovascular offers many benefits, including:

  • Improving walking distance (endurance) in patients with intermittent claudication.
  • Improving quality of life and stress management.
  • Increasing muscular endurance and strength.
  • Reducing risk of PAD progression, thereby reducing cardiovascular risk factors.
  • Reducing the chance of hospitalization.

How do I get started?

Here’s how to get going and make the most of Peripheral Vascular Rehab:

Peripheral Vascular Rehab FAQs

Q: How is the exercise different from the exercise I can do by myself?

A: The supervised exercise program is tailored individually to your clinical condition.

At San Tan Cardiovascular Center, all our patients undergo a treadmill exercise stress test with monitoring of vitals and EKG.

The treadmill exercise test focuses on the incline and speed of the treadmill; more so, the incline is increased as the patient exercises to a level where pain is induced. Thereafter, we lay out parameters designed to exercise patients progressively, with increased inclines and speed, to improve blood flow to the legs.

Our team of professionals supervise this process, encourage you and help you remain accountable through education, counseling, and adherence to lifestyle changes.