How Long Can You Live With PAD?
With treatment, many individuals can live full and complete lives with PAD. Even when PAD is advanced, you may be able to regain mobility and improve your quality of life. Signs of advanced PAD include severe claudication, arterial ulcers, and leg pain at rest.
To alleviate PAD symptoms and avoid dangerous health issues, it is important to consult a vascular specialist.
Is PAD Curable?
Although there is no cure for PAD, treatment is available. At USA Vascular Centers, our PAD treatment has three primary goals:
- To alleviate symptoms
- To reduce risks of heart attack, stroke, and limb amputation
- To improve your quality of life
We encourage you to take control of your vascular health by requesting an appointment with one of our vascular specialists today.
PAD Management Guidelines: How to Manage Peripheral Artery Disease
At USA Vascular Centers, our specialists are available to guide you through living with PAD. Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following recommendations.
Your lifestyle decisions can influence the course of your disease. Therefore, we suggest that you:
- Exercise regularly: Physical activity can promote blood flow to the legs. For greatest effect, your doctor may recommend a supervised treadmill program.
- Eat a healthy diet: Making better food choices can improve the health of your arteries. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. We also want you to avoid highly processed foods, sodium, added sugars, and saturated fats.
- Maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI): Being obese or overweight can place additional strain on your circulatory system. That said, we understand how challenging it can be to lose weight. Consider joining a medical weight loss program for added support.
- Quit smoking: Along with impacting the health of your heart and lungs, smoking is harmful to your arteries. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor about smoking cessation programs.
Your doctor may prescribe medications to promote better blood circulation. If you are prescribed any, be sure to take them exactly as instructed. You should also let your doctor know about other medications and supplements that you use.
If you are experiencing a severe arterial blockage, we may recommend a medical procedure to restore blood flow to your lower extremities. Our vascular specialists perform a range of minimally invasive, outpatient procedures, including:
Request a Consultation at USA Vascular Centers
We want you to know that you don’t have to suffer while living with PAD. At USA Vascular Centers, we provide specialized PAD treatment in over 40 locations nationwide. For your convenience, we also offer virtual consultations using telemedicine.
Our compassionate doctors care deeply about your quality of life.