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Treatments for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

The treatment goals of PAD are to relieve any current symptoms and slow progression of artery disease.

Treatment will depend on the severity of PAD and symptoms. PAD can often be managed with lifestyle changes to reduce factors contributing to artery disease. Others may need medication to help improve blood flow and decrease risk factor for blood vessel disease such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.

Underlying conditions that contribute to PAD, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, or hypertension, they will need to be managed as well.

It is likely you will have a health care team that is made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. It is important to maintain contact with your medical team, adhere to recommended treatment, and go to any recommended appointments.

Treatment for PAD involves the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapiesSurgery

Revision Information

  • Hills AJ, Shalhoub J, et al. Peripheral arterial disease. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2009;70(10):560-565.

  • How is peripheral arterial disease treated? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pad/treatment.html. Updated June 2, 2014. Accessed June 23, 2014.

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of lower extremities. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 13, 2014. Accessed June 23, 2014.

  • Prevention and treatment of PAD. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/PeripheralArteryDisease/Prevention-and-Treatment-of-PAD%5FUCM%5F301308%5FArticle.jsp. Updated February 26, 2014. Accessed June 23, 2014.

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