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How do you get exercise if you have intermittent claudication?

How do you get exercise if you have intermittent claudication?

Exercise: Walking is the best exercise to manage claudication. Supervised exercise program best but not paid for by U.S. insurance companies. Treadmill at home, in a gym or health center fine as is walking outside or at a mall. If walking is severely limited, water aerobics is a good way to improve fitness and make regular walking exercise eventually possible ...Read more

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Dr. Andres Katz
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Intermittent Claudication (Definition)

Claudication is pain in the legs. Intermittent is not constant. It usually occurs after walking short distances. Walk = pain. Rest and the pain goes away. Walk and the pain returns. This indicates a blockage of the blood flow into the legs so when you need more blood / oxygen with walking or activity, you don't get it because of the ...Read more


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How to cure intermittent claudication and get active again?

How to cure intermittent claudication and get active again?

Depends....: There are basically 2 types of claudication: one from compression of your spinal cord and the other from lack of blood flow. The former generally causes pain in the legs when standing and doesn't go away with rest. It requires a physician evaluation. The latter is best treated with exercise. Of concern is the existence of heart disease and risk of stroke in this case - see your doctor! ...Read more

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What is intermittent claudication?

Leg pain: It is leg pain that occurs with walking, and relieved by rest. It is intermittent in that rest alleviates the discomfort. If is due to poor circulation to the leg muscles. This distinguishes intermittent claudication from neurogenic claudication (from narrowing around the nerves in the low back, that is stenosis). ...Read more

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What does intermittent claudication mean?

What does intermittent claudication mean?

PVD: Intermittent claudication is a term used in peripheral vascular disease to describe reproducible lower extremity muscular pain induced by exercise, usually after a specific distance of walking, and relieved by rest. Studies have shown that most people with this do not tell their doctors as they assume it is a normal consequence of aging. It is not, however. ...Read more

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What does intermittent claudication mean?

What does  intermittent claudication mean?

Leg muscle pain: Claudication, derived from a latin word that means "to limp, " is characterized by pain in the leg muscles. It is caused by blockages in leg arteries depriving the blood supply needed for activities like walking. Resting, or stopping, relieves the pain because less oxygen is needed at rest. "intermittent" refers to the timing of pain: "it hurts upon walking but gone upon stopping, like clockwork.". ...Read more

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Might someone have intermittent claudication?

PAD: Intermittent claudication is calf pain that comes on when you walk. Many people have it. Ask your doctor to check you pulses. ...Read more

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How would you treat intermittent claudication?

Walking program: Smoking cessation is #1 step. Then a regimented walking program. Arterial doppler with abis is useful to determine how much circulation is impaired. ...Read more

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Intermittent claudication and how is it treated?

Depends on cause: There are two types one is neurogenic and the other vascular. Treatments are very different. Firstly the cause needs to be confirmed. Secondly both produce pain with walking (the latter may have pain even at rest and this is not a good sign). So i would suggest see your pmd and get a work-up. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intermittent claudication?

What are the tests for intermittent claudication?

Vascular lab: Claudication has very low risk of amputation less than 0.5% so sometimes physical exam is enough. But if it became severe and require intervention then non-invasive vascular tests including duplex ultrasound, ankle brachial index and pulse volume recording are the best to start with. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of intermittent claudication?

What are the symptoms of intermittent claudication?

Pain in leg: When a muscle group does not receive enough blood flow and oxygen due to a blockage in the circulation, that muscle group will release Lactic Acid which is the cause of the pain. Rest will stop the pain and resuming physical activity will recreate the pain in a very consistent fashion. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more