Peripheral Artery Disease Rehabilitation

Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, our peripheral artery disease rehabilitation program is committed to improving lives through medically supervised exercise, lifestyle changes and group support. Participants benefit from the guidance of certified nurses and exercise physiologists and access to Galter LifeCenter, a part of Swedish Covenant Health and Chicago’s only certified medical fitness center.

The goal of peripheral artery disease treatment is to help patients with a peripheral artery disease diagnosis increase their exercise capacity and quality of life while reducing mortality rates and cardiovascular risk factors. Using a team approach, nurses and exercise physiologists develop a personalized plan for each patient. 

    What to Expect

    The program usually lasts 12 weeks (three months) and includes supervised exercise, education, lifestyle counseling and group support. Classes meet three times a week for 30 to 60 minutes.

    About Our Program

    Medicare has approved coverage of supervised exercise therapy recommended for some patients with PAD. Other insurances may approve supervised exercise therapy on a case-by-case basis. Benefits of supervised exercise therapy may include the ability to walk for longer stretches of time before needing to rest, reduced leg pain, improved muscle strength, reduced risk of heart attack or stroke and weight loss. 

    Who is Appropriate for Our Program? 

    Patients with the following are appropriate for peripheral artery disease rehabilitation. 

    • Native arteries of extremities with intermittent claudication
    • Unspecified type of bypass graft(s) of the extremities with intermittent claudication
    • Nonbiological bypass graft(s) of the extremities with intermittent claudication
    • Other type of bypass graft(s) of the extremities with intermittent claudication  

Getting Started

Check with your physician and insurance provider to see if you qualify and to obtain a doctor's order. Print our Peripheral Artery Disease Rehabilitation flier to bring to your next appointment. 

For more information, call 773-878-8200, ext. 7321

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