Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is caused by atherosclerosis , which is a progressive condition. The same lifestyle changes used to manage PAD are also effective tools to prevent it. The following practices may help prevent peripheral artery disease:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a healthier diet
  • Controlling conditions that put you at risk for PAD, such as:     
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Blood fat disorders
  • Obesity
  • Exercising regularly —Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any type of exercise.