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Hot water therapy as effective as exercise for individuals with peripheral artery disease

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Hot water therapy may help manage peripheral arterial disease (PAD)-;a common condition affecting blood flow to the arms and legs-;just as well as exercise, according to new research. The findings could help people with PAD, who find exercise is difficult. The first-of-its-kind study is published in the American Journal of Physiology-;Heart and Circulatory Physiology. The paper was chosen as an APSselect article for June.

PAD is a condition in which fatty buildup accumulates in the arteries, leading to reduced blood flow to the limbs. People with PAD may experience claudication, a type of muscle pain in the legs that occurs while walking. Supervised exercise is the primary non-surgical treatment for PAD, but claudication often limits physical activity. Ongoing heat therapy has been well-established with lowering cardiovascular risk. A team of researchers from New Zealand hypothesized that heat may be more effective than exercise in promoting beneficial cardiovascular changes that, in turn, could increase walking distance in people with PAD.

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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