Polly S. Montgomery

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BACKGROUND Physical activity is associated with health-related quality of life (HRQL) in clinical populations, but less is known whether this relationship exists in older men and women who are healthy. Thus, this study determined if physical activity was related to HRQL in apparently healthy, older subjects. METHODS Measures were obtained from 112 male(More)
OBJECTIVES The Health ABC Long Distance Corridor Walk (LDCW) was designed to extend the testing range of self-paced walking tests of fitness for older adults by including a warm-up and timing performance over 400 meters. This study compares performance on the LDCW and 6-minute walk to determine whether the LDCW encourages greater participant effort. (More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this randomized trial was to compare the efficacy of a low-intensity exercise rehabilitation program vs a high-intensity program in changing physical function, peripheral circulation, and health-related quality of life in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients limited by intermittent claudication. METHODS Thirty-one patients(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the relation between functional measures of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) severity with both disease-specific and generic self-reported health-related quality-of-life (HR-QOL) measures, as well as the relation between the two types of HR-QOL measures. METHODS This was a cross-sectional observation of(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the test-retest reliability of the distance covered and the steps taken to complete a 6-minute walk test by peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) patients with intermittent claudication. To determine the relationship between the total distance and steps covered during the 6-minute walk test and clinical measures of PAOD(More)
PURPOSE This study compared the patterns of ambulatory activity in subjects with and without intermittent claudication. METHODS The study participants were 98 subjects limited by intermittent claudication and 129 controls who were matched for age, gender, and race. Subjects were assessed on their ambulatory activity patterns for 1 week with a small,(More)
PURPOSE This study was conducted to (1) examine the effect of metabolic syndrome on intermittent claudication, physical function, health-related quality of life, and peripheral circulation in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and (2) determine whether peripheral vascular function was predictive of intermittent claudication and physical(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial compared changes in primary outcome measures of claudication onset time (COT) and peak walking time (PWT), and secondary outcomes of submaximal exercise performance, daily ambulatory activity, vascular function, inflammation, and calf muscle hemoglobin oxygen saturation (StO2) in patients(More)
We compared exercise performance, daily physical activity, and health-related quality of life in 115 participants with stable angina and 441 controls without coronary artery disease or stable angina. Participants with stable angina had shorter 6-min walk distance (P = .003), and lower total leisure-time physical activity (P = .003) than the controls. Group(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine whether peripheral arterial disease (PAD) subjects have impaired balance and a higher prevalence of falls than non-PAD controls and to determine whether balance and falls are related to the severity of PAD and functional status. METHODS A total of 367 PAD subjects (aged 68 +/- 1 years; mean +/- SEM)(More)