Non-invasive peripheral artery disease treatment options
Individuals are eligible to receive supervised exercise therapy (SET) if diagnosed with PAD caused by arterial insufficiency, and if classic intermittent claudication (IC) is present. Exercise training helps slow the decline in the ability to function and move through daily activities.
"The best treatment for peripheral artery disease frequently involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medications, rather than invasive procedures or surgery," said Dr. Eidt. "Stopping smoking, getting blood pressure under control, exercising, eating a diet low in saturated and trans fats, and effectively managing diabetes are the most common treatments for PAD. Supervised exercise therapy is helpful and many insurance plans, including Medicare, often cover it. We may also prescribe medicine to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and blood thinners to help prevent the formation of blood clots."
When these approaches are not enough, Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health can provide peripheral artery disease treatment with the same expertise and technology they draw on to battle heart disease, including angioplasty, which uses a tiny, balloon-tipped catheter inserted into the blocked artery to open it up by expanding the balloon. A wire-mesh tube, called a stent, is often placed in the newly opened artery through the catheter to maintain normal blood flow after treatment for peripheral artery disease in Dallas.
"In many, if not most cases, we can slow PAD's progression—or even reverse it—without surgical measures," Dr. Eidt said. "The key is to be aware of the dangers, maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle and come see us if you think you have a problem."