Managing Peripheral Arterial Disease

overweight woman and man exercising in the park to lose weight carrying dumbbells Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD can be a debilitating condition when left unmanaged. We at the Vascular Institute of Virginia are committed to helping you

With proper diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle changes, you have a good chance of living a quality life.

Risk Factors and Lifestyle

Several things can put someone at risk of developing Peripheral Arterial Disease such as:

  • Being Overweight
  • Age
  • Smoking
  • And being physically inactive.

While there have been rare instances where people between the ages of 30-49 have developed the condition, Peripheral Arterial Disease primarily affects those over 50.


A big part of managing life with PAD is stopping bad habits. If you are a smoker, it’s time to consider quitting. Smoking has wide-ranging on the cardiovascular system, and it worsens the problems that Peripheral Arterial Disease brings.

While pain introduces the temptation to avoid activity, you need to stay active and exercise often. You can start small and take a walk around your neighborhood and make this a part of your daily routine.  Also, be sure to keep an eye on your legs and feet. Wear socks and shoes that are comfortable, allow circulation to move freely, and can keep up with an active lifestyle. Another adjustment you will have to make is to avoid unhealthy foods. Stay away from fatty foods, limit your red meat intake, and be mindful to avoid foods that are high in sugar. You will want to add high-fiber foods to your diet, along with vitamin C, and vitamin. Many fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds help in this area. While creating good habits means giving up a few things that taste good, you will be proud of yourself for taking charge of your health.

Keep Up With Medications

Depending on your situation, you may need additional medication to help you manage PAD.

If you are prescribed medication, it’s important to keep up with them and take them as instructed. Medications, combined with proper diet and exercise can be the difference between improving your condition or worsening it. The first step toward improvement is speaking with a qualified professional such as those here at the Vascular Institute of Virginia. Give us a call at 888-522-3483 to schedule your consultation.

Talk to Professionals

If you believe that you’ve been experiencing symptoms of PAD, you are going to have many questions that you’ll want to be answered. You will want to be as detailed as possible about the symptoms that you’ve been experiencing.

If you’ve had trouble with:

  • Calf pain
  • One of your Legs being cold
  • Or Constant leg cramping

We’re here to help at the Vascular Institute of Virginia.  Call us at 888-522-3483 to schedule your consultation and take the first step in managing PAD.

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