By lifestyle changes, many people reduce the symptoms from PAD and stop the progression of the disease.
To stabilize or improve PAD the following lifestyle changes are advised:
- Stop smoking – smoking causes constriction and damage to the arteries and is a risk factor for worsening of PAD. Quitting is the best thing you could do for yourself. If you are having problems your doctor could prescribe medicines that would help you quit the habit.
- Exercise – This is a key component. Success in the treatment of PAD is measured by improvement in the distance you walk pain-free. Proper exercise helps condition your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently.
- Eat a healthy diet – A diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats could help you control blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
- Avoid certain cold medications – over the counter cold medications contain pseudoephedrine which constrict your blood vessels worsening symptoms by increasing PAD.