Recommendations for Structured Exercise Therapy

CORLOERecommendations
IAIn patients with claudication, a supervised exercise program is recommended to improve functional status and QoL and to reduce leg symptoms (24–26,28–34,36,169,170).
IB-RA supervised exercise program should be discussed as a treatment option for claudication before possible revascularization (24–26).
IIaAIn patients with PAD, a structured community- or home-based exercise program with behavioral change techniques can be beneficial to improve walking ability and functional status (37,80,86,171).
IIaAIn patients with claudication, alternative strategies of exercise therapy, including upper-body ergometry, cycling, and pain-free or low-intensity walking that avoids moderate-to-maximum claudication while walking, can be beneficial to improve walking ability and functional status (27,173,175,176).