Treatment

The treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) has two major goals:

  • Relief from pain so that patient can resume normal activity
  • Stop the progression of atherosclerosis throughout the body to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke

It is likely that you achieve these goals by lifestyle changes like quitting smoking which is the most important thing one can do reduce the risk of complications.

If lifestyle changes are inadequate then additional medical treatment is needed – to prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, control pain and other symptoms.