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Can Peripheral Artery Disease(PAD) Be Reversed?

Reverse peripheral artery disease

Is It Possible To Reverse Peripheral Artery Disease?

Peripheral arteries in our body transport blood from the heart to other parts like arms and legs. When these peripheral arteries become narrow and are not able to supply sufficient blood to your arms or legs, it is known as PAD or peripheral artery disease. People who struggle with this disease have many questions in their mind, and the most common of them is: can peripheral artery disease be reversed?

As of now, it is not possible to eliminate or cure the problem of PAD, but yes, it can be reversed. You have to make some lifestyle changes to make this disease reversible. In this, you will learn how to reverse peripheral artery disease, its symptoms, causes, and treatments. But remember, you need to have some patience, as treating PAD is a slow process.

The Concept To Reverse Peripheral Artery Disease

It is very struggling for people to live with PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease). Over time, plaque can develop in your arteries due to the accumulation of fats. It makes it hard for your body organs to get sufficient blood. This situation can turn into a life-threatening event sometimes. But if you learn the concept of reversing this disease, you can reduce the chances of heart attack or stroke.

Before directly treating any disease, you need to understand its causes and symptoms. Plaques formed by cholesterol and fat in the arteries are not the only causes of peripheral artery disease. PAD can also be caused due Injured legs or arms, irregular ligament or muscle shape, and infection in the bloodstream. Talking about PAD symptoms, extreme pain and cramps in the legs are the most common signs. Apart from the legs, this pain can be felt in Advanced Medical Group, including calves, hips, thighs, and feet.

Once you have understood the cause and symptoms of PAD, it will become easier for you to adapt the concept of PAD reversal. There is no cure for peripheral artery disease but you can slow down its progression by bringing certain lifestyle changes. Bringing improvement in your diet and working out daily is really helpful in reversing PAD. Exercising will not only reverse peripheral artery disease but also reduce the risk of various cardiovascular problems.

Lifestyle Impact On PAD Reversal

There is no cure developed to date to get rid of PAD. Although some medicines can help you get relief from the pain induced by this disease, these medications cannot fully cure PAD. Making some lifestyle changes can help reverse peripheral artery disease naturally. Most healthcare providers suggest changing your lifestyle habits to treat PAD. Here is the list of some lifestyle changes that have an impact on PAD reversal:

Can peripheral artery disease be reversed

Exercise For Peripheral Artery Disease

One of the best methods to reverse peripheral artery disease is to exercise regularly. Apart from decreasing the symptoms of PAD, exercise can assist you in reducing the chances of developing any other heart problems. Daily exercise elevates your mood, boosts your self-esteem, and gives you quality sleep. Rest in between your exercises to ensure your leg doesn’t pain much.

Do Not Consume Tobacco

Another lifestyle change is that you need to quit the habit of consuming tobacco. Tobacco damages your arteries, leading to blockage of your blood. If a person who has peripheral artery disease does not quit this bad habit, then there is a high chance that he can die because of a heart stroke or attack. You can try gums or nicotine to quit smoking.

Keep A Check On Your Diet

The most common cause of PAD is cholesterol. Therefore, you have to ensure to not include food items in your diet with high cholesterol levels. Eat balanced meals rich in multivitamins and low in sugar, saturated fats, and sodium. If you think your diet doesn’t fulfil your nutrient requirements, you may start taking supplements per your doctor’s recommendations.

Take Your Medicines Regularly

Another important point you never want to miss is taking your medicines on time. Do not take medicines other than those prescribed by your healthcare professional. If you do not consume your medicine timely, then it might lead to a heart attack or heart stroke. Visit your doctor regularly for advice on what medicines you require based on your health condition.

Challenges And Considerations In PAD Management

Yes, peripheral artery disease can indeed be managed or reversed naturally. However, for some patients, it can be challenging to change their lifestyle. For instance, if you have a habit of smoking, it won’t be easy for you to quit it immediately. You need to have some patience, as this can take a lot of time.

Remember that only exercising or changing your diet won’t help in reversing PAD; you have to take proper medications as well. Many patients skip the medicines in the hope of reversing PAD through lifestyle changes. However, according to vein doctors, this can even make their peripheral artery disease worse. It means you should take your medicines daily along with following other routine tasks to treat PAD.


Is it possible to reverse peripheral artery disease? A simple answer to this question is yes, it can be reversed. In the early stages of PAD, patients need to make some lifestyle changes to reverse this condition. But if the PAD has developed over time, then you may have to go through surgery. You need to identify the causes of PAD if you want to cure it. The most common PAD cause is plaque formation in the arteries due to high levels of cholesterol and fats. Therefore, you do not eat food items that have high cholesterol; instead, eat a balanced diet rich in nutrients. Apart from this, exercise is also helpful in reversing the PAD symptoms.

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