Living with PAD
Living with PAD may mean a few lifestyle modifications, but these changes can take some time to adapt and that's OK! Here are a few ways that may help slow down the progression of PAD:
When walking is not enough...
If you answer "YES" to any one of the above...
Say, "Hey Doc, let's discuss an angiogram."
Some patients have seen great success with changing what they eat and how they eat! It's important to talk with your doctor about what's damaging your arteries before choosing the best diet for you. Advanced bloodwork can shed light on vitamin deficiencies, genetic variations, and sensitivities which are critical to selecting the best diet to help you improve your vascular health.
A type of eating modeled after countries that border the Mediterranean Sea
This style of eating emphasizes eating primarily fish and chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, using olive oil or canola oil instead of fat and butter, and enjoying a glass of wine, all while in the company of friends and/or family.
Dean Ornish Diet
This style of eating encourages heart health by limiting fats
This modification centers around primarily eating fruits, grains, and veggies and extremely limited amounts of fat. Your dairy product intake should be limited in moderation. Avoiding meats and oils (even fats from avocado and nuts), as well as full fat dairy and sugar.
Sometimes we can all use a little extra help. Here is a collection of supplements some dieticians suggest for Vascular Disease patients. Ask your physician before starting any new supplement regiment as supplements can interfere with certain prescribed medications and are not one-size-fits-all for everyone. Always do your research and ask your physician what's right for you. Sometimes getting a second opinion from another physician can help to expand your knowledge of treatment options. Our list below is not an endorsement for any supplements. We provide this list only to expand your information armamentarium to help you to have a more productive conversation with your physician.