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Talking to Your Doctor about Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of things you may have missed.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions and learn where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Will I develop symptoms in the future? How soon will that happen?
- How likely is it that I will have complications like infection or gangrene ?
- Can you help me with foot care and advice, or do I have to see a podiatrist?
What medications do you recommend?
- What effects, both positive and negative, can I expect?
- Will they interact with anything I am already taking?
- How long will I have to take them?
- Are there alternative therapies that have been shown to help treat PAD?
- Will surgery ever be necessary?
- Am I doing all I can to address the causes of this condition to help keep it from getting worse?
- Please give me the information I need to engage in a proper, safe exercise program.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
- Review Date: 06/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015