Did you know that 12 million individuals in the United States have Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)? PAD is “hardening of the arteries in the peripheral circulation (legs, arms, neck etc),” (Collom & Carney Clinic) and is most common with those who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or those who smoke. If you or someone you love suffers from PAD, there are important changes you can make right now to start living a healthier life!
Old habits die hard, but preventing the deteriorating effects of PAD often begins with cutting out bad habits, like smoking. The damage to your arteries is aggravated by tobacco smoke because it increases the constriction of your arteries. By quitting smoking, you can prevent or decrease the impact of PAD in your life.
You are what you eat! Improving your symptoms of PAD is also possible by changing your daily diet. Start focusing on foods that are low in saturated and trans fat to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. This means avoiding foods like fatty beef, butter, or cheese, and eating foods like vegetables, whole grains, or fish instead. It’s always a good idea to cut out junk food and to start eating more wholesome foods, especially when preventing PAD.
It’s time to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk! Getting active is crucial for treating PAD. Due to the symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease, like pain in the legs, it may be difficult to walk, but even a little physical activity every day can help. As the Mayo Clinic explains, “proper exercise helps condition your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently.” Talk to your healthcare provider to develop an exercise plan that is right for your mobility level.
Seek Medical Advice
Knowing the signs of PAD is the best way to get the right medical attention when you need it. Symptoms of your legs or feet like numbness, sores that won’t heal, or a weak pulse are all indications of Peripheral Artery Disease. High blood pressure medication or cholesterol-lowering medication may be necessary, as well as endovascular repair with minimally invasive procedures like “stents, angioplasty or special devices that clean out the arteries” (Collom & Carney Clinic).
Improving your quality of life with PAD is possible with the right advice and medical support. Managing your health with Peripheral Artery Disease helps protect you against your risk for a stroke, cardiac event, or limb loss. Are you ready to start working towards a healthier you? Call us at 903.614.3000 to book your appointment today!