PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) Support
Reducing Pain and Improving Your Quality of Life
If you have been diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and leg pain, you can take part in a rehabilitation program tailored to meet your specific condition, needs and abilities. This program may be used with the recommendation of your health care provider as a noninvasive treatment option for PAD. Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s Peripheral Arterial Disease Supervised Exercise Therapy Program is designed to:
- Improve quality of life by reducing pain and discomfort due to PAD
- Increase walking distances and overall mobility
Our uniquely qualified rehabilitation team, including registered nurses and a supervising physician, offers one-on-one attention every step of the way and works with a team of specialists in setting measurable, attainable, physician-directed goals to help improve your quality of life.
What is the PAD Supervised Exercise Therapy Program?
Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s Peripheral Arterial Disease Supervised Exercise Therapy Program is a 12-week, treadmill-based therapy program that is customized to meet your needs and physical abilities. Our team works with you to assess your current physical abilities and creates a plan for you with measurable short-term and long-term goals.
The program includes 12 weeks of monitored exercise sessions held three times per week. During these 30-to-60-minute sessions your heart, blood pressure and level of leg pain are monitored. The program also encourages healthy lifestyle changes by helping you better understand your cardiovascular system.
To participate in the program, you need a referral from your doctor.
Customized to Your Needs
This program is unique, as it is specifically designed with the symptoms of PAD in mind. The most common symptoms of PAD involving the lower extremities are cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs.
- Starts with an initial assessment, graded treadmill evaluation and customized plan
- Monitors and adjusts duration of exercise to achieve the maximum amount of pain-free walking time
- Uses primarily a treadmill and resistance equipment. Additional types of exercise are available, if needed.
- Assesses changes to feet and legs and provides education on care
- Provides education and guidance for risk factor modification and healthy lifestyle changes
Our team will bill Medicare and private insurance for the rehabilitation service, but patients are encouraged to contact their provider before making any appointments.
Norton Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center
Norton Medical Plaza East – Audubon, Suite L-12
3 Audubon Plaza Drive
Louisville, KY 40217
The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation certifies our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation centers. We incorporate evidence-based guidelines in managing your care, and we assist you in developing short-term and long-term goals.
About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute
Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more people for heart and vascular care — about 250,000 every year — than any other provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
- Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals are American College of Cardiology accredited Cycle VI Chest Pain Centers — the highest level of expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
- We have more than 45 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 30 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure and vascular surgery.
- We offer same-day new patient appointments.
- We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
- We have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from the largest cardiovascular care provider in Kentucky.
- Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission Lifeline: Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks — the most severe type of heart attack.
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