In this trial of 150 patients with intermittent claudication (baseline mean ABI 0.62), they were randomized to either exercise training or revascularization. At 6 and 12 months, there was no significant difference between the groups in maximum walking distance or quality of life scores, indicating that we should consult PT before vascular surgery in patients with intermittent claudication (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.