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Most treatments for peripheral artery disease (PAD) are directed at slowing the progression of the atherosclerosis that causes the disease. The first line of treatment is often directed at treating the underlying causes, including high blood pressure , diabetes, blood fat disorders, smoking , sedentary lifestyle, and obesity .

Specific treatments for PAD include lifestyle changes, medications, and invasive procedures.

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  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of lower extremities. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114200/Peripheral-arterial-disease-PAD-of-lower-extremities. Updated August 11, 2016. Accessed September 23, 2016.

  • Prevention and treatment of PAD. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/PeripheralArteryDisease/Prevention-and-Treatment-of-PAD%5FUCM%5F301308%5FArticle.jsp#.V17CO-RuO84. Updated April 6, 2016. Accessed June 13, 2016.