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Supervised Exercise for Peripheral Artery Disease (SETPAD)

KRMC Cardiovascular Care

What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that results from a hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and/or plaque buildup in the walls of arteries leading to reduced blood flow to the limbs. Lifestyle changes are the first line of treatment, followed by medications and/or surgery. PAD increases the risk of heart attack and/or stroke.

Symptoms of PAD may include:

  • Leg or hip discomfort while walking, with the symptoms stopping while at rest
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs
  • Burning or aching pain in the feet or toes when at rest
  • Sores on the leg or foot that won’t heal
  • Cold legs or feet
  • Skin color changes in the legs or feet
  • Hair loss on legs

Risk factors of PAD and Cardiovascular Disease:

  • Family history
  • Age 55 or older
  • Diabetic or Pre-diabetic
  • Tobacco use
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Overweight
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Physically Inactive 

How to reduce your risk of PAD and Cardiovascular Disease:

  • Quit smoking
  • Start an exercise program
  • Lose weight
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Control high blood pressure
  • Improved nutrition
  • Managing diabetes
  • Reducing stress levels

What is included in the SETPAD program?

  • 36 supervised exercise sessions
  • Qualified staff trained in exercise therapy
  • Tobacco cessation resources
  • Temporary Summit membership
  • Nutrition Consult 
SETPAD also offers the following outcome assessments to track your success:
  • Tobacco cessation progress
  • Balance testing
  • Treadmill testing
  • Body fat analysis
  • Skeletal muscle mass assessment
  • Distance progression 
Patient benefits of SETPAD:
  • improve walking distance and decrease symptoms
  • Improve exercise capacity
  • Prevent or lessen physical disability
  • Decreased cardiovascular events
  • Reduce hospitalizations
  • Increase quality of life

KRH resources for making healthy lifestyle changes:

Supervised Exercise Therapy for PAD (covered by some insurance companies)
Tobacco Cessation classes
Behavioral intervention counseling
SELF (Supervised Exercise with a Life Focus)
Journey to Wellness program
Diabetes and pre-diabetes education classes
Education classes offered to the public by the KRMC Cardiac Rehab program

How do I enroll?

You will need a referral from your physician. Most insurance plans, including medicare and VA offer coverage for SETPAD. Contact your insurance company prior to treatment to confirm coverage. 

For more information or to enroll please contact the Kalispell Regional Medical Center SETPAD info line at 406-751-4504.