Getting treatment for PAD is essential if you don’t want to experience severe difficulty and health risks later in your life. Postponing the treatment can have a lot of negative consequences on your physical health, but it can also lead you to mental and psychological problems that you might not even have thought of.
The key issue with PAD is that it keeps progressing and there’s not much that can be done to cure it. Treatments exist that can help you control it, and with the help of a good diet and exercise plan, you can push back the progress of even severe peripheral arterial disease for years. However, when you stick to your old habits and ignore the progress of the disease, it can have a strong impact on your mind and body.
First, the greater blood pressure and the fact that you can no longer safely smoke, drink, eat certain foods or perform certain exercises (such as high risk anaerobic exercise) will act as a wake-up call. Secondly, when you know that you’re at a high risk of having a stroke or a heart attack, that can affect you even further, and the urgency of the problem can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety as time passes.
To avoid all these issues and keep your risk level low, consider visiting an interventional radiologist or an endovascular specialist such as ECCO Medical right away to find out as much as possible about your problem and consider what treatment options would be most suitable.