We studied 111 patients with peripheral arterial obstructive diseases (Fontaine's stage II). The following parameters were measured: pain free walking distance (PFWD on a treadmill), recovery time (RT), and Winsor's index (WI). Patients who underwent aerobic training (N = 81) showed an average increase in PFWD of 195%, whereas those who did not (N = 30) showed no significant variations in this parameter. Neither of the two groups showed any changes in either RT or WI. No significant differences were found between patients with proximal or distal lesions, with or without ischemic heart disease, between smokers and non-smokers, and the presence or absence of risk factors, considered in relation to the benefits of aerobic training. It is likely that the positive results observed in the patients who underwent aerobic training stemmed from greated metabolic adjustment at muscular level coupled with increased local perfusion.
|Translated title of the contribution||Rehabilitation of the peripheral arterial obstructive disease: Efficacy of aerobic training|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
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