Physiotherapy in individuals with peripheral arterial occlusive disease – a retrospective study


  • Danielle Aparecida Gomes Perreira
  • Dayane Montezzo
  • Daniela Odete B R Costa
  • Fabio Campos Silva
  • Marcella Junia Braga
  • Raquel Rodrigues Britto


Physical Therapy Modalities, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Exercise tolerance


Introduction: Treatment for peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) may consist of intervention procedure, including surgery, and conservative techniques such as rehabilitation. The exercise-based rehabilitation is a viable alternative due to its low cost and effectiveness in functional improvement.

Objective: To evaluate results obtained through physiotherapy for individuals with PAOD in an outpatient program for a minimum of three months.

Methods: Retrospective observational study where data were gathered through a medical chart survey. Functional capacity was assessed using the shuttle walking test and six-minute walk test and functional capacity was evaluated via the Short-Form Health Survey.

Results: Forty medical charts were selected, of which 12 met inclusion criteria. Functional capacity and quality of life measures showed significant improvement. Functional capacity and SF-36 variables were analyzed using the paired t-test.

 Conclusion: Twice-weekly supervised treatment displayed favorable results in functional capacity and quality of life measures.





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PERREIRA, D. A. G.; MONTEZZO, D.; COSTA, D. O. B. R.; SILVA, F. C.; BRAGA, M. J.; BRITTO, R. R. Physiotherapy in individuals with peripheral arterial occlusive disease – a retrospective study. Journal of Respiratory and CardioVascular Physical Therapy, [S. l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 16–22, 2012. Disponível em: Acesso em: 24 jul. 2024.




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