Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is sometimes referred to as the “Cinderella” cardiovascular disease – because it is poorly recognised and under-treated.
PAD is an atherosclerotic disease that leads to blockages in the arteries of the legs. Patients suffer from leg pain during activity, and they have a poor exercise capacity, leading to impaired physical function and quality of life. Patients also have a high risk of cardiovascular events, including stroke and myocardial infarction. Exercise therapy is recommended as part of the initial treatment for all patients with PAD.
This professional development will provide Exercise Scientists, Exercise Physiologists and other health professionals with tools and techniques to recognise and assess the signs and symptoms of PAD. The program will review the current guidelines and evidence for exercise testing and prescription, and will include case-studies to highlight the importance of individualised patient care. Emerging opportunities for the use of exercise as an adjunct therapy for patients undergoing vascular surgery will also be covered.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 25 August 2016.
Chris is a Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast where he leads the VasoActive Research Group. He is an accredited exercise physiologist with a particular interest in the pathophysiology and treatment of exercise intolerance in people with chronic disease. Much of his research has focused on the acute and chronic physiological effects of ischaemia, and how these relate to the mechanisms of exercise intolerance in peripheral arterial disease (PAD). He has published a number of clinical studies investigating the effects of exercise rehabilitation, dietary interventions and pharmacotherapies in PAD. Chris is a Past-President of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and he is currently Chair of the ESSA Professional Standards Advisory Council.
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