Managing PAD: Supervised Exercise Therapy


BIDMC’s Vascular Medicine Program offers supervised exercise therapy (SET) to help patients with peripheral artery disease manage intermittent claudication. The 12-week program, which is covered by Medicare and most private insurers, consists of interval walking on a treadmill under the supervision of a specially trained exercise therapist. For patients who are unable to use a treadmill due to orthopedic limitations, alternative SET protocols are available using arm ergometry.

To refer a patient for a SET evaluation:

Place an order in OMR under the Testing/Services section by selecting the bullet point "Supervised Exercise Therapy for PAD.”

Email us with questions or for referral assistance.

“Prospective SET patients are evaluated in BIDMC’s Vascular Medicine Clinic to optimize medical therapy for PAD and assure they can safely exercise from a cardiac perspective,” says Brett Carroll, MD, BIDMC’s Director of Vascular Medicine. Once they have been cleared to participate, the SET program consists of three exercise sessions per week for a total of 12 weeks. An additional 12 weeks of coverage is available following a new referral.

SET therapy is available at:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston
  • Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare - Chestnut Hill, Chelsea, Lexington
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth