I have just been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease. What are my treatment options?

Varies. If you only have pain with walking, exercise, not smoking, and medications can be used. If you have pain at night, or sores, or your doctor has told you that the blockage is severe, you will need either endovascular procedures or open surgery.
Depends. Depends on your symptoms. If you only have claudication, then medical management (exercise/aspirin/statin) is recommended. If you have disabling claudication, pain at rest, or a non healing wound, then either endovascular or open surgical options are available. The first step is to get an arterial ultrasound to evaluate the extent and degree of vascular disease.

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I have been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease in my legs and also abnormal echogram in my heart. I have chest pain and neck pain. Achy toes to.

See doctor very soon. You already have some blockage of your leg arteries. Chest pain could be due to partial blockage of a coronary(heart) artery. This type of pain is called Angina, and it can lead to a heart attack It's urgent that you see your primary care physician who will be able to determine what the problem is or what test is needed. Do not try to diagnose yourself. Read more...
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Is it safe to run with peripheral artery disease?

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