Promoting an increased awareness and standardized approaches in diagnosing and treating peripheral artery disease


How can PAD be prevented?

Everyone can reduce their risk for PAD and other cardiovascular diseases by not smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight, and getting regular exercise: at least 30 minutes per day of exercise on most days of the week. Getting checked for high cholesterol and diabetes is also important.


Peripheral artery disease is common, and the symptoms typically include leg discomfort with exercise. Patients with PAD can also have other symptoms such as non-healing wounds on the feet. A simple ABI test with a blood pressure cuff can diagnose PAD. Treatment for PAD includes smoking cessation, medications aimed at preventing heart attack and stroke, and exercise to alleviate the discomfort. Patients with more severe PAD, such as those with wounds that are not healing or those with symptoms that do not respond to medication and exercise, may need to undergo a procedure to restore blood flow to the leg (angioplasty or bypass surgery).