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Treatment options for intermittent claudication? Thanks!

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
Thank
Dr. Edward Hoffer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Walk!

If symptoms are severe or you are in danger of amputation, re-vascularization by surgery or angioplasty is needed.
For most, you need to reduce your risk factors: stop smoking, lower cholesterol and treat high blood pressure. Medications specific to claudication are not very useful. Most useful is to maintain a walking program, which helps form new blood vessels.

In brief: Walk!

If symptoms are severe or you are in danger of amputation, re-vascularization by surgery or angioplasty is needed.
For most, you need to reduce your risk factors: stop smoking, lower cholesterol and treat high blood pressure. Medications specific to claudication are not very useful. Most useful is to maintain a walking program, which helps form new blood vessels.
Dr. Edward Hoffer
Dr. Edward Hoffer
Thank
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