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Treatments for Peripheral vascular disease

Treatments for Peripheral vascular disease:

The most effective treatment plan for peripheral vascular disease employs a multifaceted approach. This includes preventive care aimed at minimizing the risk factors and underlying causes of peripheral artery disease, Raynaud's phenomenon and Raynaud's disease. Preventive measures include regular medical care to monitor and treat high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis. Treatment includes diet and lifestyle changes and may include medications, such as cholesterol lowering medications, antihypertensive drugs, and drugs that lower blood sugar.

Prevention measures include regular exercise, not smoking or drinking excessively, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a heart-healthy well-balanced diet that is low in salt and saturated fats. A heart healthy diet is rich in fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains and includes low-fat or no-fat dairy products and moderate quantities of healthy meats. Total fat intake should be between 25 and 35 percent of calories. Most of the fats should come from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which can actually help to lower cholesterol levels. They include fats from fish, nuts and vegetable oils, such as salmon, trout, herring, avocados, olives, walnuts and liquid vegetable oils.

Foods high in saturated and trans fats should be avoided. They include foods made with partially hydrogenated oils, such as baked goods, doughnuts,fried foods, shortening and some margarines and dairy products. Foods high in saturated fats include those processed from animals, including beef, beef fat, veal, lamb, pork, lard, poultry fat, butter, cream, milk, cheeses and other dairy products made from whole and 2 percentmilk.

Meticulous foot and skin care is also important for people with peripheral vascular disease in order to prevent the development of lesions and infections. This includes keeping skin and feet clean, warm, and dry. It is also important to avoid excessive heat, such as from heating pads, and to avoid cutting toenails and fingernails too short. Avoiding injury to the feet and wearing shoes that are comfortable and protective is also key. A person with peripheral vascular disease or risk factors for it, such as diabetes, should also inspect their feet daily and seek prompt medical care for any sores or ulcer that develop.

Treatment of Raynaud's disease may include medications that keep the blood vessels open, such as calcium channel blockers, alpha blockers, prescription skin creams, and ACE inhibitors. In rare cases, surgery may be recommended.

Treatment of peripheral artery disease can include medications, such as anti-platelet drugs, which prevent the formation of clots that can completely obstruct blood vessels. Medications may also be prescribed that help improve walking.

Lifestyle and drug treatment and prevention measures can successfully treat peripheral artery disease in many cases. In severe cases, angioplasty may be recommended. Angioplasty is a procedure in which a deflated balloon is threaded into the narrowed portion of the artery. The balloon is then inflated to widen the narrow artery. A stent may also be placed to keep the artery open.

A surgical procedure that may be recommended for larger areas of narrowed arteries involves placing a vein or synthetic artery as a "detour" to allow blood to bypass the narrowed section of artery.

Treatment List for Peripheral vascular disease

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Peripheral vascular disease includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Peripheral vascular disease:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Peripheral vascular disease include:

  • Cilostazol
  • Pletal
  • Pentoxifylline - mainly used to treat pain associated with intermittent claudication or AIDS
  • Trental - mainly used to treat pain associated with intermittent claudication or AIDS
  • Oxpentifylline - mainly used to treat pain associated with intermittent claudication or AIDS
  • Ginkgo

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Hospital statistics for Peripheral vascular disease:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Peripheral vascular disease:

  • 0.19% (24,429) of hospital consultant episodes were for other peripheral vascular diseases in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 83% of hospital consultant episodes for other peripheral vascular diseases required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 59% of hospital consultant episodes for other peripheral vascular diseases were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 41% of hospital consultant episodes for other peripheral vascular diseases were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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