Intermittent claudication is a condition that causes mild to severe pain in a person’s calf, and less
commonly the thigh and buttock, usually during exercise. Intermittent claudication occurs as a result
of a restricted blood flow to the lower limbs. It is a form of blood vessel disease that can affect persons
with diabetes, who smoke, and are of advanced age - and can significantly increase risk of death from
cardiovascular disease if left untreated.
Griffin Health Supervised Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease
The Supervised Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Program at Griffin Health is a 12-week medically
supervised exercise and education program for persons diagnosed with Symptomatic Intermittent
The patient-centered care philosophy at Griffin Health ensures a personalized, exceptional service for
program participants. Our experienced cardiac nurses and exercise physiologists work closely with
each participant to design exercise programs that reduce claudication symptoms, such as lower leg
aching, cramping, or weakness, increase walking time and distance, and improve quality of life.
Participants also receive education on a variety of topics including, heart and vascular anatomy and
function, medications, diet and exercise principles. This guidance helps individuals identify risk factors
of the disease and to promote risk factor reduction.
Our program aims to improve activity and exercise endurance, enhance self-management of the
disease, and improve emotional well-being through group support and interaction.
Primary care physicians, vascular physicians or cardiologists must complete a referral for registration.
Our program is covered by insurance. Individual coverage will be determined prior to enrollment as
insurance coverage varies from person to person. Financial assistance may be available if necessary.