The most important thing to do if you suffer from peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is to do everything you can to treat it so it doesn’t become a disability.
Because this disease so often affects the feet and legs, walking can be very difficult and painful, making it harder to go to work each day. In addition, untreated peripheral vascular disease can cause stroke and heart attack, both serious health problems.
So to avoid having to apply for New England Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits, we offer here some common ways to treat PVD:
Change Your Lifestyle:
- Eat a healthy diet that supports your heart, including lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Get plenty of exercise (about 30 minutes a day, most of the week) and keep your weight at a healthy level.
- Quit smoking.
- Be sure to control diabetes if you have it.
Get the Proper Medication and Advice from Your Doctor:
- An aspirin and/or blood thinner may be recommended.
- Cholesterol drugs are often used to combat high cholesterol and prevent heart attacks.
- Blood pressure medications are often a part of the therapy for PVD.
- Painkillers are used to treat the symptoms of PVD in the legs and allow you to exercise more easily.
- Angioplasty is a procedure that opens the blocked arteries from within, often using a balloon that is inflated in the blocked artery.
- Stent procedures also open the blocked arteries from inside the blood vessels.
Sometimes, even when treated, PVD becomes too serious for the patient to continue working. If this has happened to you or someone you love, you may have to consider applying for New England SSA disability benefits to make ends meet.
If you have questions about this process, contact a Massachusetts SSA disability law expert at Keefe Disability Law. We know how to help you get the best result. Call us toll free today at 888-904-6847 to explore your options.