What will I feel like after minimally invasive treatment for PAD?

Immediately after treating your peripheral artery disease (PAD) with angioplasty and stenting, you may be asked to lie still for several hours at the hospital or clinic. Resting helps prevent bleeding from the puncture where the catheter was inserted.


Many people return home the day of the procedure. Or they may stay in the hospital overnight. Most people are able to resume normal activities within just a few days. 


As you resume activities, you must take care to keep your blood vessels from narrowing again by:

• Refraining from smoking

• Taking the medications prescribed by your doctor

•  Exercising regularly

•  Eating a healthy diet

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