Sarcopenia in Peripheral Arterial Disease: Prevalence and Effect on Functional Status

Odessa Addison, Steven J. Prior, Rishi Kundi, Monica C. Serra, Leslie I. Katzel, Andrew W. Gardner, Alice S. Ryan

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Objectives: (1) To determine the prevalence of sarcopenia in older men with peripheral arterial disease (PAD); (2) to compare a subgroup of the group with age-, race-, sex-, and body mass index (BMI)–matched non-PAD control counterparts, and (3) to compare the functional status of those with PAD with and without sarcopenia. Design: Cohort study. Setting: Medical center. Participants: Sedentary community-dwelling men (N=108; age, >50y) with a confirmed diagnosis of PAD (44% blacks; BMI, 27.8±0.4kg/m2; ankle-brachial index,.62±.01). Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scans were used to assess appendicular lean mass and determine the prevalence of sarcopenia by/height2. Treadmill tests were used to determine claudication onset time, peak walking time, and claudication recovery time. 6-Minute walk distance was also measured. Results: Sarcopenia prevalence in our PAD cohort was 25%. The PAD subgroup (n=42) matched with control counterparts in terms of race, sex, age, and BMI had higher prevalence rates than did their non-PAD counterparts (23.8% vs 2.4%; P<.05). Individuals with sarcopenia (n=28) had a shorter 6-minute walk distance (326±18.8m vs 380±9.7m; P<.05) and higher claudication recovery time (592±98s vs 395±29s; P<.05) than did individuals with PAD but without sarcopenia (n=80). There was no difference in claudication onset time or peak walking time between the PAD groups. Conclusions: Men with PAD demonstrate a high prevalence of sarcopenia. Those with sarcopenia and PAD demonstrate decreased mobility function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-628
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Muscles
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sarcopenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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