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Is it safe to run with peripheral artery disease?
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes. As long as you can tolerate the pain, any form of regular exercise is actually a good thing and will increase your endurance.

In brief: Yes
Yes. As long as you can tolerate the pain, any form of regular exercise is actually a good thing and will increase your endurance.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Linda Harris
The preferred exercise with PAD is walking. Ideally, walking past the point of initial pain, and exercising for at least 30 minutes, at least 3 times per week, should increase the distance you are able to walk without pain from the PAD.
In brief: Maybe
It depends on how severe your pad is.
If you can only walk 4 or 5 blocks before your legs start to hurt, then it is probably a real bad idea to run. Pad causes decreased blood flow to the legs. If you run, you need more blood flow. If your disease is only minor, you may be able to run, but i would ask the physician that told you you had pad.

In brief: Maybe
It depends on how severe your pad is.
If you can only walk 4 or 5 blocks before your legs start to hurt, then it is probably a real bad idea to run. Pad causes decreased blood flow to the legs. If you run, you need more blood flow. If your disease is only minor, you may be able to run, but i would ask the physician that told you you had pad.
Dr. Scott Grover
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