Timely detection and treatment of P.A.D. can help reduce your symptoms; improve the quality of your life; help you keep your independence and mobility; and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation, and even death.
There are three main approaches to treating P.A.D.:
Your health care provider will determine the best treatment options for you, based on your medical history and the severity of your condition.
P.A.D. treatment often includes making long-lasting lifestyle changes. If you have P.A.D., or are aiming to lower your risk, your health care provider may prescribe one or more of the following:
In addition to lifestyle changes, your health care provider may prescribe one or more medications. These medications are used to:
Special Procedures and Surgeries
If the blood flow in one of your limbs is completely or almost completely blocked, you may benefit from having a procedure or surgery in addition to medications and lifestyle changes. Procedures such as angioplasty and bypass graft surgery will not cure P.A.D., but they can improve the blood circulation to your legs and your ability to walk.
In some cases, it may be possible to join a clinical trial to gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available.