Self-help treatment of peripheral vascular disease

Lifestyle changes are an important part of treatment. Be guided by your doctor, but general self-help suggestions include:

  • Take steps to properly manage risk factors, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, as advised by your doctor.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Exercise regularly. Ask your doctor for advice on appropriate activities.
  • Eat a low-fat, high-fibre diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight for your height and build.
  • Take care of injuries to the affected area, for example, dress wounds promptly and seek medical attention.
  • Take all medications strictly as prescribed.
  • See your doctor for regular check-ups.
  • See your doctor if you have symptoms in the affected body part such as redness, warmth and swelling. These symptoms could be signs of infection.

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