Peripheral Artery Disease

Medically reviewed by Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Peripheral artery disease treatment

The treatment33 for peripheral artery disease has two major goals:

  • Managing symptoms (such as leg pain) so that you can resume physical activities
  • Stopping the progression of atherosclerosis throughout the body to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke

Treating peripheral artery disease can sometimes be accomplished with healthy lifestyle changes, especially early on in the course of the disease. If you show signs and symptoms of PAD, you will likely need additional treatment. A healthcare provider may prescribe medication to prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and control pain and other symptoms.

Peripheral artery disease medications

Your healthcare provider might prescribe medication to help treat peripheral artery disease.

May be prescribed

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Peripheral artery disease prevention

Healthy lifestyle choices (and changes, if necessary) can help prevent you from developing peripheral artery disease. If you smoke, quitting is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of complications from PAD.

The best ways to prevent PAD and its associated signs and symptoms include:

  • Not smoking
  • Managing blood sugar if you have diabetes
  • Exercising regularly (with your healthcare provider’s approval)
  • Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels, if necessary
  • Eating foods low in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

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