People often ask about how dietary supplements can affect heart health. Could taking particular vitamins or supplements be beneficial for peripheral artery disease (PAD)?
First, let’s talk a little about PAD. This disease causes inflammation of the layers of the blood vessel wall and can involve cholesterol deposits. It is also strongly associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). In fact, people with PAD have 3-5 times the risk of death from cardiovascular events when compared to those with CAD alone.
Clearly, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) in people with PAD is a more advanced and virulent form of this inflammatory disease. As a result, it is likely more important for people with PAD to take any measures they can to reduce the progression of the disease of the blood vessel wall.
Some vitamins and supplements may be helpful to people with PAD, while others may introduce risks or drawbacks that need careful consideration. Another factor to consider is whether ample enough research exists to recommend a particular supplement.