Which one of the following statements is true?
Each year, heart disease claims the lives of
more women then breast
cancer and lung cancer combined.
A greater percentage of women die within one year of a heart attack than men.
The death rate of African-American women due to cardiovascular disease is
greater than white women.
Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.
The answer: All of them. And experts say they represent only the tip of the
iceberg when it comes to the facts...
It's important to do what you can to improve your health and possibly reverse the buildup of plaque in your
arteries. When you have PAD, you have a high risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Making healthy changes and following your treatment plan can reduce this risk.
Healthy changes you can make
If you smoke,
quit. Quitting is the best thing you can do when you have peripheral arterial disease
(PAD). Medicines and counseling can help you quit for good.
Get regular exercise (if your doctor says it's safe). Try walking, swimming, or biking for at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week. Your doctor might recommend a supervised exercise program if you have intermittent claudication.
A cardiac rehab program can help you make lifestyle changes. In cardiac rehab, a team of
health professionals provides education and support to help you make new,
See Living With PAD for more ideas about changes you can make and about support to help you make them.
You may need medicines to help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. These include medicine to prevent blood clots, improve cholesterol, or lower blood pressure. You might take a medicine that can help ease pain while you are walking.
Procedures and surgery
peripheral arterial disease gets worse
despite treatment. People who have severe PAD or who are at risk
for losing a limb may need bypass surgery or other procedures (such as
angioplasty) to restore proper blood flow to the legs.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 27, 2014
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