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What Sort of Treatments Are Available Once the Proper Diagnosis Is Determined through The Madyoon Method?

What If I Require More Than Medication?

A word about Prevention

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What Sort of Treatments Are Available Once the Proper Diagnosis Is Determined through The Madyoon Method?

Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease has two major goals:

The first is to manage symptoms, such as leg pain, so that you can resume physical activities.

The second is to stop the progression of atherosclerosis throughout your body to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

As we said earlier, you may be able to accomplish these goals with lifestyle changes. If you smoke, quitting is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of complications. If lifestyle changes are not enough, you need treatment.. Dr. Madyoon, one of the nation's leading and respected interventional cardiologists, may prescribe medicine to prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and control pain and other symptoms.

These May Include:

Cholesterol-lowering medications. You may take a cholesterol-lowering drug called a statin to reduce your risk factor of heart attack and stroke. The goal for people who have Peripheral Artery Disease is to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol, to less than 100 milligrams per deciliter. The goal is even lower if you have additional major risk factors for heart attack and stroke, especially diabetes or continued smoking.

High blood pressure medications. If you also have high blood pressure, Dr. Madyoon may prescribe medications to lower it. The goal of this therapy is to reduce your systolic blood pressure to 140 mm Hg. or lower and your diastolic blood pressure to 90 mm Hg. or lower. If you have diabetes, your blood pressure target is under 130/80 mm Hg.

Medication to control blood sugar. If you also have diabetes, it becomes even more important to control your blood sugar (glucose) levels. Dr. Madyoon will explain to you what your blood sugar goals are and what steps you need to take to achieve these goals.

Medications to prevent blood clots. Because Peripheral Artery Disease is related to reduced blood flow to your limbs, it's important to reduce your risk of blood clots. A blood clot can completely block an already narrowed blood vessel and cause tissue death. Your Dr. Madyoon may prescribe daily aspirin therapy or another medication that helps prevent blood clots, such as clopidogrel (Plavix).

Symptom-relief medications. The drug cilostazol (Pletal) increases blood flow to the limbs both by preventing blood clots and by widening the blood vessels. It specifically helps the symptom of claudication, leg pain, for people who have peripheral artery disease. Common side effects of this medication include headache and diarrhea. An alternative to cilostazol is pentoxifylline (Trental); however, it's generally less effective. But, side effects are rare with this medication.

Supervised exercise program In addition to medications, Dr. Madyoon may prescribe a supervised exercise training program as part of the comprehensive Madyoon Method to increase the distance you can walk pain-free. Regular exercise improves symptoms of PAD by a number of methods, including helping your body use oxygen more efficiently.

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