Because people with peripheral arterial disease after short Walks, often due to a cramp-like pain pause is called the disease, claudication. A new study now confirms that strength training relieves the discomfort and the patient can walk longer distances without pain.

The sports physiologist Dr Belinda Parmenter of the University of New South Wales had already been shown previously in a study that high-intensity strength training improves the walking ability of patients with peripheral arterial disease. These results could be due to a recent meta-analysis confirm. "We have found that high-intensity strength training improves the walking ability of the people. It increased the distance that could go to patients without pain. It is crucial that strength training allows patients to train muscle groups that are not affected, so that they avoid during exercise cramps completely können", Parmenter says.

In people with peripheral occlusive disease, a narrowing of the arteries leads to reduced blood and oxygen supply to the legs. As the disease progresses, can get the patients that are muscle cramps that are relieved by rest quickly. This leads to the fact that the patients become inactive, and thus the risk for further heart disease is on the rise.

Doctors advise in peripheral occlusive disease to physical activity as the most effective treatment is. The many patients due to the pain but only bad. Parmenter recommends at least twice per week, a full-body strength training at moderate to high intensity, and refers to the additional health benefits for the cardiovascular system and body weight.

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