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Peripheral Vascular Surgery- An Overview...

You may be able to improve your PAD by making lifestyle changes. For instance, quitting smoking, getting exercise, and improving your diet may help a lot. Unfortunately, sometimes lifestyle changes aren’t enough. There are medications available to treat peripheral arterial disease, mainly by addressing different aspects of PAD, such as high blood pressure, clot-forming, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Different medications may also be prescribed to widen blood vessels and prevent blood clots, thus reducing the symptoms associated with PAD. Alert – You are at increased risk for heart attack and stroke if you have PAD. By clicking here we get info about surgery Other treatments include angioplasty, in which a catheter is threaded through your blood vessels all the way to the problem spot. A balloon is inflated and pressed against the sides of the blood vessel to flatten the blockage and stretch the artery to increase bloodflow. A vascular surgeon/interventionist may use a stent (a metal mesh tube) to keep your blood vessel open. Bypass surgery uses a blood vessel from another part of your body, or one made of synthetic material, to provide an alternate route for bloodflow around the blockage. The new vessel is attached above and below the blockage. Or, your doctor may make use of thrombolytic therapy, during which he or she will inject a drug to dissolve a clot right at the site of the blockage in your artery. The very best way...