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Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease

This article delves into lifestyle modifications, including diet, exercise, and stress management, as crucial components of PAD treatment. Learn about effective approaches for individuals dealing with PAD symptoms

  • 12 Jan 2024
  • 3 min read

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a prevalent condition that occurs when the arteries in the limbs become narrowed due to plaque buildup. This can lower blood flow to your limbs and lead to symptoms like leg pain and cramping. Lifestyle modifications are often needed to reduce these symptoms. In this article, we will explore the different approaches to PAD treatment.


What is the Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease?


While there is no peripheral artery disease cure, there are several approaches to lessen the symptoms and manage the condition. These include:


  • Lifestyle Modifications: 


  • Avoid smoking.
  • Have a nutritious diet that is low in salt, cholesterol, and fat.
  • Exercise regularly. 
  • Engage in yoga or meditation to lower stress levels.
  • Manage other conditions, if any, like  high blood pressure and high cholesterol



  • Medications:


  • Aspirin and other antiplatelet drugs help lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Cilostazol may lessen leg discomfort during exercise and help you walk longer distances. 



  • Strategies for Supervised Exercise:


  • Leg discomfort when walking can be managed with supervised activities, like walking on a treadmill.
  • An organised workout programme includes supervised treadmill walking at least three times a week.
  • Patients with PAD should try to walk for 30 to 60 minutes each day at home following the "Start/Stop" method: After you reach a moderate level of pain, stop. When all discomfort has subsided, start walking again.

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PAD treatment mainly includes a combination of lifestyle changes, medication and medical procedures. With the right knowledge, individuals can effectively manage the symptoms of PAD and reduce the risk of more serious complications.  Supervised activity and a regular walking schedule considerably reduce PAD symptoms and improve overall health.

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