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Physical Therapy Management of Peripheral Artery Disease

Presented by Angela Campbell, PT, DPT, CCS and Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAPTA

Physical Therapy Management of Peripheral Artery Disease


event March 13, 2024 EDT
access_time 5:00 pm–7:05 pm EDT
  • For PTs/PTAs, Intermediate
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Physical Therapy Management of Peripheral Artery Disease


Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a disease resulting from the atherosclerotic process that similarly occurs in coronary arteries, causing myocardial infarctions (MI), and in carotid arteries, causing cerebral vascular accidents (strokes). Individuals with PAD are four to five times more likely to have
other vascular issues such as an MI or stroke but are less understood for their risk of vascular disease and more known for their symptoms of claudication (pain on exertion in the legs that goes away with resting). With exercise-based physical therapy intervention, individuals with PAD and claudication pain have demonstrated improvement in walking distance and speed with fewer symptoms. However, these patients are less likely to be seen by physical therapy on an outpatient basis as their limitation is vascular and not orthopedic. Some of these patients eventually go on to be seen in cardiac rehabilitation.

Patients limited in their walking due to claudication pain are a population that would benefit from physical therapy. Therefore, this webinar has been developed to help PTs learn about PAD, including the etiology, pathology, pathophysiology, symptoms, indications for exercise testing, and specifically, interventions that will improve their patients’ ability to walk without claudication pain.


Angela Campbell, PT, DPT, CCS

Dr. Campbell is the current president of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and a professor of physical therapy at Springfield College. She received her DPT from Creighton University in 1996, became an ABPTS Board-Certified…

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Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAPTA

Dr. Ellen Hillegass is a physical therapist with APTA board certification in the cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialty. She is currently a professor on the core faculty at South College Knoxville and South College Atlanta and is an adjunct professor at Mercer University…

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Financial— Angela Campbell receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial— Angela Campbell has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Financial— Ellen Hillegass is the President and CEO of PT Cardiopulmonary Educators, a continuing education company providing live and web-based education on cardiovascular and pulmonary content -Developed and provided mentorship for Mercer University Cardiopulmonary Clinical Residency Program -Editor and author of textbook entitled Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and clinical book entitled PT Clinical Notes

Nonfinancial—Ellen Hillegass has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.



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Learning Objectives

  1. Relate the pathophysiology of peripheral artery disease (PAD) to the primary symptoms of the disease, including claudication leg pain
  2. Distinguish the lower extremity signs and symptoms of PAD from other sources of leg pain and perform an initial evaluation of a patient with PAD
  3. Assess exercise tolerance of a patient with PAD, incorporating evidence-based guidelines
  4. Develop interventions for patients with PAD to decrease their symptoms of claudication discomfort as well as aide in prevention of secondary PAD-related sequelae, such as amputation, heart attack, and stroke
  5. Determine patient response to PT plan of care, using disease-specific, evidence-based outcome measures
  6. Formulate individualized management of PAD through comparing and contrasting various sample patient cases


All times in EDT.

5:00 PM–5:12 PM
Chapter 1: Peripheral Artery Disease: Etiology, Pathophysiology and Signs/Symptoms
5:12 PM–5:24 PM
Chapter 2: Peripheral Artery Disease: Diagnosis, and Medical/Surgical Management
5:24 PM–5:44 PM
Chapter 3: Calf Pain Differentiation and PAD Examination
5:44 PM–5:54 PM
Chapter 4: Exercise Tolerance Assessment in PAD
5:54 PM–6:06 PM
Chapter 5: Interventions for Individuals With PAD
6:06 PM–6:18 PM
Chapter 6: Outcome Measures for PAD
6:18 PM–6:30 PM
Chapter 7: Individualizing PAD Management Across the Disease Spectrum
6:30 PM–6:35 PM
6:35 PM–7:05 PM
Question and Answer Session

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