(HealthDay News) -- Peripheral artery disease (PAD) raises the risk of a stroke or heart attack. But PAD can be managed by making certain lifestyle changes, notably getting enough physical activity.
The American Heart Association offers these suggestions:
- Get regular exercise, at least three times a week. Activities should exercise the legs.
- Stick to a healthy diet that's low in unhealthy fats and cholesterol.
- Quit smoking.
- Take medications prescribed by your doctor. They may include medications to thin the blood, control high blood pressure, and lower "bad" cholesterol.