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Turning Back the Clock on Your Health: Can You Reverse Your Vascular Disease?

Most Americans are no stranger to vascular disease. In fact, the National Library of Medicine  reports that “It is estimated that >200 million people have [peripheral arterial disease] worldwide, with a spectrum of symptoms from none to severe.”

Of course, if you anticipate or have just received a similar diagnosis, you may be wondering: Is there any chance I could reverse my disease?

Your question is not only understandable but relatable to many, so let’s dive in:

Reckoning with Irreversibility

Unfortunately, the short answer is “no,” vascular diseases are not altogether reversible, particularly when there is a significant build-up of atherosclerosis (or plaque that clogs the blood vessels).

“Medical treatment, regular exercise, and dietary changes can be used to keep atherosclerosis from getting worse and stabilize the plaque, but they aren’t able to reverse the disease,” Healthline explains.

Thus, Cleveland Clinic reports that the primary goals regarding the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) — one of the most commonly occurring forms of vascular disease — can be described as “reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke” and “improving quality of life by easing the pain that occurs with walking.”

That being said, there are ways to mitigate the progression of vascular disease.

Saying “No” to Severe Symptoms

One of the easiest and most important ways to help prevent the progression of one’s vascular disease? Physical activity.

“Your doctor may recommend supervised exercise training, also known as supervised exercise therapy (SET),” the American Heart Association (AHA) reports. “You may have to begin slowly, but simple walking regimens, leg exercises, and treadmill exercise programs can ease symptoms.”

Otherwise, other lifestyle modifications may include alterations in terms of one’s…

  • Diet
  • Smoking habits
  • Medication
  • And more

Keep in mind, however, that direct treatment remains the best way of addressing existing symptoms, as well as preventing further progression of a patient’s condition(s).

Your Passionate Preventative Professionals

Whether you’re seeking a final answer in terms of a diagnosis or you’re looking for a way to enhance your overall wellbeing after a vascular disease diagnosis, Duval Vascular Center can help.

We offer state-of-the-art treatment options in a comfortable outpatient setting, thereby optimizing your comfort, recovery times, and ultimate medical expenses. From peripheral arterial disease to surface-level blemishes like spider veins or varicose veins, we can help you find lasting comfort.

If you’re ready to learn more or schedule your FREE vein screening, reach out to Duval Vascular Center today by calling 904-518-1398! Whatever your needs, your health is our priority.