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What is the treatment for peripheral arterial disease?

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What is the treatment for peripheral arterial disease? Peripheral arterial disease is caused by a variety of risk factors, which includes smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. The first order of treatment of peripheral arterial disease is to treat those risk factors. So of course, we want to stop smoking, we want to control our blood pressure, we want to have our sugars controlled if we have diabetes, get our cholesterol under control if we have high cholesterol. If those measures do not successfully control the symptoms of peripheral arterial disease, the next step would be to do something to open up the blockages that are causing the symptoms. Blockages can be opened by a variety of techniques, some of which are so-called endovascular techniques, and angioplasty and stenting. Other patients may have more involved disease and need surgical bypass procedures.

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