Background: Supervised exercise training is a Class I recommendation for initial treatment for patients with intermittent claudication. This led the investigator to establish and highlight the importance of the supervised exercise training program in improving claudication of peripheral arterial disease patients in the Philippine Heart Center.
Methods: Subjects included were adult patients with intermittent claudication and with resting ankle-brachial index <0.9, who will undergo a treadmill exercise training.
Results: Total of 10 patients enrolled in supervised treadmill exercise training program for 12 weeks/ 36 sessions, consisting of 3-5 sessions per week at Cardiac Rehab section. Only 7 patients finished the exercise program.
Conclusion: There was significant increase in ankle brachial index with P value of 0.021, relief of claudication for majority of the patients, and greater maximum walking distance with later onset of claudication for the rest of the patients. Due to the small population obtained, we cannot therefore, conclude whether cardiac rehabilitation exercise program is associated with improvement of claudication.