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Treatments for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

The goals of treating PAD are to ease any health problems you have now and to slow the disease.
Treatment will depend on how you are feeling. You may only need to make lifestyle changes to lower factors that lead to the disease. Or you may need drugs to help blood flow and lower the risk of blood vessel disease. Some people may need surgery.
Health problems that lead to PAD will also need to be treated.
You will have a health care team that is made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and others. Keep in touch with your medical team, follow treatment, and go to your appointments.
You may need:
Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapiesSurgery


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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 Accessed November 16, 2015. Accessed June 13, 2016
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of lower extremities. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114200/Peripheral-arterial-disease-PAD-of-lower-extremities . Updated August 23, 2018. Accessed August 29, 2018.
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 October 31, 2016. Accessed August 30, 2018.

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