A supervised exercise program may be at least as effective as common devices used to alleviate walking pain for people suffering from peripheral artery disease, according to a recent NIH study. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic and other medical centers have found success cutting through calcified arterial plaque with a catheter inserted through the foot, followed by care at a lower-extremity wound clinic. An experimental stent with a woven design showed more flexibility and radial strength than conventional stents in a 264-patient study and may be more durable for use in leg arteries.
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