A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association sought to determine if the intensity of exercise a patient is engaged in has an impact on how effective exercise is for preventing and addressing PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease).

The study was conducted on 12,513 participants in the ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) study. 

Researchers assessed physical activity through a questionnaire, individually categorizing participants’ exercise by vigorous and moderate exercise levels. Analysis was performed to associate activity levels with a subsequent risk of hospitalization with PAD over 25 years.

The data strongly indicated that  more intense physical activity was associated with a lower PAD risk. 

Senior Citizen on Treadmill under doctors supervision

Study indicates that it’s not only the amount of exercise you get, but the intensity of your exercise, that lowers your PAD risk.