Short Communication

Usage of Mobile Devices to Help People Suffering From Peripheral Arterial Disease Upkeep a Healthy Life

Author: Paulino D

A large group of people, particularly the elderly, are affected by Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), which causes a progressively reduction of the person’s physical fitness. According to the best treatment practices, the Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (CHTMAD) is running a treatment program based on the execution of supervised exercises, including periodic walks. The key factors to the management of the exercise’s progression are the control of the beginning and magnitude of the pain, how often the patients with PAD must stop on their walks, and how much time they must wait for the pain to fade. To support the management of this treatment program we are developing an electronic system, based on mobile devices and a webservice, to help the persons with PAD to control the quality and quantity of their walks. The system is a platform for the PAD patients to register and monitor their status and progressions, and for the health professionals to supervise their patients