According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, approximately 8 million people in the United States are affected by peripheral artery disease (PAD). Peripheral artery disease can be prevented and treatment centers on the reduction of symptoms. If you are at risk for or diagnosed with PAD, the following tips may help you better manage your daily life.
Participating in daily physical activity is a great way to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Eat Heart Healthy
Eating healthy may sound expensive and tasteless, but there are many delicious substitutes you can make that will not break the bank. Visit our Pinterest board for some creative heart-healthy recipes!
Smoking has been linked to the incidence of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the walls of the blood vessels due to the deposition of plaque. Sufficient plaque build-up can lead to narrowing or even complete blockages of the arteries bringing blood to the legs. Talk to your doctor about the best plan for you to decrease and ultimately quit your smoking activity.
Screening for PAD can be done at your local physician's office. This involves taking your blood pressure in your leg at the ankle level and then comparing it to that of your arm. If the ankle pressure is less than the arm pressure, then your physician may suggest additional testing to determine if a blocked artery is present in the leg.
Join Us for Walk With A Doc
Atul S. Rao, MD, FACS, Doylestown Health vascular surgeon, will lead the October Walk With A Doc, where he will give a brief discussion on steps you can take to reduce your risk for developing PAD, and techniques to manage your pain if you experience signs of PAD.
Following Dr. Rao's talk, there will be light stretching and a refreshing 1.6-mile walk with Doylestown Health clinicians around the hospital campus.
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: Noon (registration begins at 11:30 am)
Location: Meet on the lawn in front of the public parking garage at Doylestown Hospital, 595 W. State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
Check with your physician before starting a diet or exercise program.
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