How is peripheral arterial disease treated in its early stages?

Premier Health’s Dr. Gary Fishbein talks about early treatment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


According to the American Heart Association (AHA), peripheral arterial disease may be effectively treated with lifestyle changes and medication for most people.

The Mayo Clinic states that treatment of peripheral arterial disease in the early stages has two main goals:

  1. To manage symptoms (i.e. intermittent claudication) so that you may continue physical activities with little or no pain
  2. To minimize your risk factors for peripheral arterial disease/atherosclerosis so that blockage in the arteries may be stopped and possibly reversed

Smoking increases the risk of peripheral arterial disease fourfold, so quitting is the single most important lifestyle change smokers can make to improve their health. For nearly all patients with PAD, a supervised exercise (walking) program is recommended PAD treatment in the early stages. Because high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are also PAD risk factors, managing these conditions through a healthy diet may also be effective. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to manage blood pressure and lower cholesterol to complement lifestyle changes.

For more information about early peripheral arterial disease treatment, talk with your doctor.

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