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intermittent claudication?

does anyone know if you have intermittent claudication of the legs caused by years of smoking does it automatically mean that you have vascular disease in other parts of the body as in heart etc or is it just contained in the legs and can it shorten your life span

It is very likely that the patient will have plaques in heart vessels. The only chance of slowing the rot is to be an ex-smoker now and forever. Be on at least one anti-platelet drug,maximum dose statin and take what exercise he can.  (+ info)

What is Intermittent Claudication?

How serious is it or can it be? Any help appreciated thanks.

Intermittent claudication occurs when the lower extremities do not get an appropriate amount of blood to carry on physical activity such as walking. It usually results in progressive pain, buring or cramping in the legs while walking and is not affected by posture. After sitting and resting a few minutes, the pain usually subsides. It is a vascular condition that can often be corrected by sugical bypass of the femoral arteries. It can be serious if vascular comprimise is present elsewhere in the body, such as the heart. I supposed a severe case could cause such obstruciton to blood flow that the tissues start to become necrotic and die, but I would assume that most people would be in enough pain that they went through surgery long before it got to that point.  (+ info)

How to cure intermittent claudication ?

If you have or do these:

Cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels...

Control them.

Diet, exercise.

Lose weight

Your physician will put you on medicines (like Clopidogrel) , but you need to work hard to get fit, eat healty. Have your doctor recommend a dietician. Walk EVERY day. Buy a treadmill. If you are not taking anything now, an aspirin a day would help until you get a plan from the doctor.

Otherwise you are looking at vascular surgery in your future for both the legs in your veins and cardiovascular surgery as vascular disease increases your risk for a heart attack.

Lifestyle changes will help you much more effectively than drugs alone!

Good luck and a long & healthy future to you!  (+ info)

is restlesslegsyndrome the same as intermittent claudication?

No, they are not the same.

Restless leg syndrome is a disorder that makes you want to get up and move. Your legs give you problems when you are sitting or lying down. A person with this disorder feels much better when moving around. It can affect a person of any age and can get worse as the person ages.

On the other hand, intermittent claudication is a circulation problem precipitated by exercise. People with this disorder have to stop and take breaks when even just walking. The pain abates when they rest but it comes back with a vengenence when they start walking again. It is a form of peripheral artery disease that usually manifests in those over 50 years of age. This is a serious disorder that can be disabling if not treated.  (+ info)

Anyone know anything about DVT and intermittent claudication?

I know what it is.

I am wondering if anyone can help me with a question about it, like maybe a medical person.

Intermeittent claudication is pain when you walk or excersie that is aleviated by rest. It is caused by peripheral artery disease. DVT are blood clots that are in the deep veins in the leg. They are dangerous and you need to be under the care of an MD if you think you may have one. Dvt's happen in lots of situations. in people after surgery when they lye around in bed. people who are inactive, travelers who sit for long periods of time, women on birth control pills and people that have lower extremitie trauma  (+ info)

intermittent claudication new symptom?

My husband has pain in the legs when walking, he has had an angiogram and is waiting for angioplasty. He is now experiencing warmth and hotness in the legs when resting, is this serious enough to tell the dr now?

Yes!!! Take him to doctor today and have him checked. I will not give any details because some sweet young thing with "vast" medical knowledge will attack.

I sincerely hope he gets the help he needs.God bless!  (+ info)

Has anyone with PAD/Intermittent Claudication etc. tried non-IV Chelation therapy; any of the following?

Have you or someone you know with arterial disease (PAD, Int. Claudication, hardening of the arteries, etc.) tried any of these or other chelation therapy products, and have you/they had any success? My sister-in law is supposed to have surgery for stents and is looking for non-surgical alternatives. Anyone had experience with any of these?
Cardio Restore
Strauss Heart Drops
(I have also, separately, asked about surgery, so if you have had surgery, please answer that question also). Many, many thanks.

There is a natural way to heal the body that you might consider.
That information is on my page.  (+ info)

What are other conditions similar to intermittent claudication, in regards to calf muscle pain? Details...?

So.. I've been browsing the web lately trying to find out what's been agitating my calf muscles since freshman year in high school (5-6 years ago). I've came upon the term, "intermittent claudication." Although the signs are VERY similar, I don't believe my diagnosis is correct. You can Google it yourself, but basically, it's a condition that can cause pain (usually in the calves) simply by walking, due to poor circulation of blood in the arteries in the legs. I have read that it occurs mainly in those of ages 40-50+ years. Considering I'm soon to turn 20, nowhere near 40-50, I figured intermittent claudication couldn't be affecting me. I might be an exception though.

The fact that I'm 'technically' overweight might matter (which is why I've been going to the gym lately), but I'm perfectly capable of jogging a good 30 minutes (endurance wise), if it weren't for the fact that my calves practically lock up full of pain within the first 5-10. It started in my freshman PE class, having to run a mile within 12 minutes. In those days, I was practically a toothpick, and still had a difficult time finishing. Lately, on an elliptical, I can last 15-20 minutes before my calves lock up (averaging 8-8.5 minutes per mile, according to the digital screen), and only last 5-10 minutes on a track. Walking isn't too much of a problem. I walk at least 1.5 miles around campus each, going from class to class, with no problems at all. I could literally walk forever on a flat surface or downhill, but I do start to feel a light to moderate burning sensation walking up any noticeable incline.

The pain always starts out mild and builds its way up to severe, depending on how long I decide to continue. I like to believe that I have a moderately high tolerance to pain, but I've had to totally stop jogging and sit down right then and there because it hurt so much. My steps usually start out at 1+ feet, and work their way down to low inches (where I can hardly walk).

If, by chance, I do have intermittent claudication, the following is my reasoning of why I might:
I believe it's because of the Jump Rope For Heart organization, back from elementary school (I'm not blaming anyone). Obviously, jumping rope definitely works the calves, and back then I would jump the whole hour or so we were allotted per day, for a week of each year. Now that I look at my calves, considering I've never been on a sports team or track, I'd say they're very-well defined and irregularly muscular (and they have been for a long time). Without flexing them, I can barely pinch skin with a clothespin, and when I do flex, I can't pinch anything at all. With all that dense mass, I figure arteries might be receiving too much pressure, therefore leading to abnormal blood circulation. Good reasoning, or no?

Overall, I would like to know the exact condition which might be affecting me. Of course, I'd like a professional opinion, but can't afford medical insurance at this time in order to visit a doctor of some sort. I had no luck finding a similar enough condition worth noting, so I'm hoping people on here might already have an answer. Thanks in advance!

highly doubt it's intermittent claudication;; highly doubt;; most likely it's a muscle imbalance;; when kids stretch before they run, most get these symptoms;; big reason is that they're already pretty flexible, then they stretch, then they use (constrict) a stretched muscle, likely cause cramping;; so, best for kids (or highly flexible people), to stretch AFTER the activity, NOTt before;; your performance on your run, or even your walk should be assessed; you may be more of a toe-walker causing the calves to tighten up more than usual;; I'd also look inside your shoes (all of them) & make sure you have good arch supports;; but the main idea here is stretch, stretch, stretch, until you have no symptoms...& use those heels, should be walking by rolling along your foot heel>foot>toe push-off, easy way is to increase your stride, notice how the toes come up first..good luck..but I'd be checking with a PT before a doc to get you analyzed...  (+ info)

how would you treat intermittent claudication of both legs?

how would you treat intermittent claudication of both legs?

Two drugs are available for the management of intermittent claudication: pentoxifylline (brand name: Trental) and cilostazol (brand name: Pletal). These drugs act differently. Trental decreases the "stickiness" (viscosity) of blood and thereby improves its flow to the legs. Pletal acts to dilate (widen) the arteries by decreasing the action of an enzyme, phosphodiesterase III. It also reduces the ability of blood to clot.  (+ info)

has anyone got intermittent claudication?

If you or someone you know has this, how long have you had symptoms,? has it got worse or better?, many thanx
hursty, you were right thanks for the warning

Intermittenat caludication is pain in your hips, buttocks or calves which occurs with exertion. Your doctor will usually describe it as two block caludication or pain at rest. It is caused by arterial insufficiency to your legs usually caused by atherosclerosis in your arteries which carry blood to your leg muscles. The best treatment is to stop smoking and develop a walking program which will help create new amaller arteries(collaterals) and these will perfuse your feet and legs. Usually surgery is not indicated unless you have rest pain, gangrenous changes, or non-healing ulcers or active infection especially in diabetics. Too many doctors will want to do angioplasty and stenting because it seems low risk even before true indications are present. Before you do anything major make sure you get the opinion of a vascular surgeon.  (+ info)

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