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Peripheral Vascular Disease (cont.)

What can be done at home to treat peripheral vascular disease?

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your peripheral venous disease, the severity of your condition, and your overall health. Your health-care professional will recommend ways that you can reduce your risk factors for atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease. Not all risk factors can be changed, but most can be reduced. Reducing these risk factors can not only prevent your disease from getting worse but can also actually reverse your symptoms..

  • Quit smoking: Quitting smoking reduces symptoms and lowers your chance of having your peripheral artery disease (and arteries elsewhere) get worse.
  • Get active: Regular exercise, such as walking, can reduce symptoms and increase the distance you can walk without symptoms.
  • Eat nutritious, low-fat foods and avoid foods high in cholesterol.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Follow your health-care professional's recommendations for controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • If you have diabetes, follow your health-care professional's recommendations for controlling your blood sugar and taking care of your feet. Trimming your own toenails and injuring skin could lead to skin breakdown, gangrene, and loss of toes, if blood flow is impaired.

Which specialties of doctors treat peripheral vascular disease?

You may initially see your primary care provider (PCP) such as a family practitioner or internist for your symptoms of peripheral vascular disease.

You may be referred to a vascular medicine specialist, who specializes in disorders of the circulatory system or a vascular surgeon if surgery is needed. Depending on the cause of your PVD, you may also see a cardiologist, a specialist in disorders of the heart.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2016
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