Peripheral Vascular Disease (cont.)
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Can peripheral vascular disease be prevented?
The best way to prevent peripheral vascular disease is to reduce your risk factors. You cannot do anything about some of the risk factors, such as age and family history. Other risk factors are under your control.
Smoking is a very strong risk factor for developing peripheral vascular disease and can significantly worsen the disease, especially in diabetics. Quitting smoking can reduce the symptoms of peripheral vascular disease and lower your chance that the disease will get worse.
What is the outlook for a person with peripheral vascular disease?
Follow the recommendations of your health-care professional for risk factor reduction. If he or she recommends medication, take the medication as directed. Report changes in your symptoms and any side affects you experience.
If untreated, peripheral vascular disease can develop complications:
People with peripheral vascular disease are at higher-than-normal risk of heart attack and stroke.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2016
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