If you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), your doctor will treat you as if you already have coronary artery disease (CAD). This is because, if you have PAD, there is a very good chance you also have CAD. And the same applies if you have CAD – it’s very likely you have PAD, too.
So, in addition to lifestyle changes, your doctor will probably prescribe medications even if you don’t currently have symptoms of CAD. Medication can help prevent serious cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke. If you have already had a heart attack or stroke, medication can help prevent further buildup of plaque in your arteries. Therefore, it is extremely important to take the medications as prescribed by your doctor.