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Fitness is important to many people, but new research hints that it might be an issue of life or death to some patients with heart disease.
People with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the legs may not need to go to the extremes of surgery to treat their condition.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs. The disease not only causes leg pain, but also triples the risk for heart attack or stroke. And it seems rates of PAD have risen worldwide.
Limbs slowed and weakened by arteries with plaque build-up can benefit from exercise. Sometimes, patients with those problems have no choice but to create their own exercise plans.
With peripheral arterial disease, plaque builds up in arteries, often in the legs. While patients are in danger of losing a limb, restoring blood flow can reduce the need for amputations.