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What is the recommended treatment for peripheral vascular disease?

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Based on your age, health, and symptoms, your doctor may recommend:

  • Lifestyle changes: These might include changes to the food you eat or how often you exercise. And if you smoke, it's a good idea to quit.
  • Treatment of other health conditions: Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol make peripheral vascular disease worse. So your doctor will work with you to get those under control.
  • Drugs that improve your circulation: You may need to take blood thinners or a medicine that relaxes your blood vessels so blood can more easily flow through.
  • Surgery: A blood vessel can be "borrowed" from another part of your body and put next to the blocked artery to reroute your blood. A tiny manmade tube also can be used.
  • Angioplasty: Your surgeon puts a tiny balloon into your artery and blows it up to widen it. Then the balloon is taken out.

SOURCES:

Pacific Heart Lung & Blood Institute: "All About Vascular Disease."

SecondsCount/The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions: "Peripheral Vascular Disease: How Problems with Arteries & Veins Affect Legs, Brain & Kidneys."

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Sontheimer, D. June 1, 2006. American Family Physician,

Mayo Clinic: "Raynaud's disease."

American Heart Association: "What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Texas Heart Institute: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Johnstone, C. April 1, 2003. Nursing Times,

CardioSmart/American College of Cardiology: "Peripheral Arterial Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 17, 2016

SOURCES:

Pacific Heart Lung & Blood Institute: "All About Vascular Disease."

SecondsCount/The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions: "Peripheral Vascular Disease: How Problems with Arteries & Veins Affect Legs, Brain & Kidneys."

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Sontheimer, D. June 1, 2006. American Family Physician,

Mayo Clinic: "Raynaud's disease."

American Heart Association: "What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Texas Heart Institute: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Johnstone, C. April 1, 2003. Nursing Times,

CardioSmart/American College of Cardiology: "Peripheral Arterial Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 17, 2016

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