The TUH peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) programme aims to help you to improve your walking distance before the onset of claudication (pain in the leg or buttock while exercising).
We aim to help you and your family to understand your peripheral arterial disease and to educate and support you to make the following lifestyle changes:
- To take up regular exercise
- To give up smoking
- To manage your peripheral arterial disease symptoms
- To achieve a desirable weight
- To achieve a normal cholesterol
- To control your blood pressure if high
- To help restore your confidence
What does the PAD programme involve?
The programme consist of 2 classes a week for 10 weeks. Classes are held on Tuesday and Friday mornings in the main hospital gym. In addition, 4 education talks will be scheduled on the same morning after one of your exercise classes. The nurse will give you a timetable for the programme at your pre-assessment appointment. You must be able to make your own way to the hospital for these classes.
These classes consist of exercising for 1 hour using some exercise equipment such as an exercise bicycle and a treadmill. The physiotherapist will also include other lower limb strengthening and endurance exercises.
The education talks take 30 minutes to 1 hour and include information about your PAD, risk factors, physical activity and healthy eating. The talks will be delivered by the rehabilitation team. A family member, partner or friend is welcome to attend the education talks.
How do I make an appointment?
The vascular consultant that you attend in Tallaght hospital will make a referral for you to attend the programme. You will then be contacted by one of the rehabilitation nurses who will discuss the programme with you.