University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Restoring leg blood flow is better option than exercise for PAD patients

Courtesy University of Nebraska Medical Center

A graduate student from the University of Nebraska Medical Center was the lead author of a study which found that restoring blood flow to the legs of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) may stop the progression of scarring in their leg muscles.

PAD causes pain and fatigue while walking due to poor blood circulation in arteries that supply blood to the limbs. The decreased blood flow can lead to substantial scarring and damage in leg muscles.

There are currently no available treatments once the scarring has occurred. Supervised exercise...