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:

Quit smoking

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.

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Your doctor may also prescribe medications8 to:

  • Lower high cholesterol and high blood pressure

  • Prevent formation of blood clots

  • Improve mobility and decrease pain while walking

Don’t delay in talking with your doctor if you feel you are at risk for PAD. Many people living with PAD don’t exhibit any symptoms13 and might not be aware the disease is progressing. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid an amputation. Amputation can be life threatening.

Learn more about PAD and schedule a time to talk with your doctor, or use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist near you.

PAD lifestyle Changes

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 Symptom Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.

Take the Symptom Quiz

 Click below to take the interactive Symptom Quiz. You can print your answers out and take them with you to a doctor to help guide your conversation about PAD.