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Dr. Andres Katz
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Intermittent Claudication (Overview)

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 blockage, hence the pain


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Is 16 too young for intermittent claudication because the symptoms fit but isn't she too young?

Is 16 too young for intermittent claudication because the symptoms fit but isn't she too young?

Usually: But there are arterial anomalies, obstructive cysts, and entrapments that are known and need diagnosis and treatment. The military has identified a number of these in training camp for young persons. ...Read more

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Dr. Andres Katz
364 doctors shared insights

Intermittent Claudication (Overview)

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 blockage, hence the pain


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Intermittent claudication as a new symptom means your artery disease is worsening everywhere?

Intermittent claudication as a new symptom means your artery disease is worsening everywhere?

It can.: Individuals with claudication frequently have disease in other vascular territories(carotid , coronary artery disease) . Treatment of risk factors and prompt diagnosis is essential. See your doctor ...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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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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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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Besides intermittent claudication what else can cause calf muscle pain?

Besides  intermittent claudication what else can cause calf muscle pain?

Many: Calf muscle pain can be caused by many different conditions besides claudication. To name an additional few: pinched nerve coming from the spine, muscle strain, nocturnal leg cramps, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, blood clot. And others. Discuss with your md to evaluate further. ...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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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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Treatment options for intermittent claudication? Thanks!

Treatment options for intermittent claudication? Thanks!

Many: Intermittent claudication is due to deficient circulation in the legs and hurts because the muscles are starving for oxygen. If you smoke, quitting can immediately provide relief. A drug called Pletal (cilostazol) is helpful for some. Restoring circulation by either using a balloon and stent or operation is the last option but often highly beneficial. ...Read more

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