Supervised Exercise Training for Intermittent Claudication: Lasting Benefit at Three Years

D. A. Ratliff, M. Puttick, G. Libertiny, R. C.J. Hicks, L. E. Earby, T. Richards

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Objectives: To assess the long-term outcome of supervised exercise training for intermittent claudication. Methods: A prospective study was undertaken of all patients referred to a single centre with intermittent claudication (>46 m). Patients underwent supervised exercise training twice weekly for 10 weeks, with regular follow-up to 3 years. Actual Claudication Distance (ACD), Maximum Walking Distance (MWD) and ankle-brachial pressure indices (ABPI) were measured. Results: In 202 patients the initial median ACD and MWD were 112 m and 197 m. Following exercise therapy both the median ACD and MWD increased to 266 m and 477 m at three months, increases of 237% and 242% respectively (p < 0.001). At three years the median ACD and MWD were 250 m and 372 m, increases of 223% and 188% respectively (p < 0.001). There was no significant change in ACD or MWD at 3 months compared to 1, 2 or 3 years. ABPI remained unchanged throughout. Conclusions: Supervised exercise training has long term benefit in patients with intermittent claudication. Results seen at 12 weeks are sustained at three years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-326
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007
Externally publishedYes


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