AHA Advisory Addresses Implementation of Supervised Exercise Therapy for Symptomatic PAD Patients


August 28, 2019—The American Heart Association (AHA) announced the publication of “Implementation of Supervised Exercise Therapy for Patients With Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association” by writing committee Chair Diane Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN, et al in Circulation.

As outlined by AHA, the document advises that supervised exercise therapy (SET) improves walking ability, overall functional status, and health-related quality of life in patients with symptomatic lower-extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD).

AHA noted that in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a National Coverage Determination for SET programs, which should increase the availability of exercise for millions of patients in the United States who are disabled by PAD.

Finally, the AHA stated that the advisory summarizes the CMS process and requirements for SET referral and coverage and provides guidance on how to implement SET, measure outcomes, and transition to home-based exercise.


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