Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation
Make these changes to improve your health
We know your quality of life is important. But, if you are in an early stage of peripheral artery disease (PAD) or are at risk for the disease, your health care provider may recommend long-lasting lifestyle changes34 as part of a treatment plan. The changes your doctor may suggest could include:
Don’t smoke, and if you do, try to quit. Consult with your health care provider to make an effective plan to quit smoking.
Manage your diabetes
If you have diabetes, work with your health care provider to develop a plan to lower your blood glucose levels, manage your diet and create an exercise program that are right for you.
Eat a healthy diet
Choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Be sure to include whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
Get regular exercise
Make a commitment to be more physically active. Talk with your health care professional about getting an exercise plan that’s right for you.
Lower your numbers
Work with your health care provider for ways to manage high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
Aim for a healthy weight
If you are overweight, work with your health care provider to develop a supervised weight-loss plan.
THE GOOD NEWS: There are many TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PAD. So don’t wait. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor now.
Talk to Your Doctor
Only a health care professional can diagnose you with PAD. Our Risk Factor Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.
Take the Risk Factor Quiz
Click below to take the interactive Risk Factor Quiz. You can print your answers out and take them with you to a doctor to help guide your conversation about PAD.