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Claudication is caused by plaque build up in blood vessels

Claudication occurs in leg, hip or buttock muscles and results from a reduced blood flow to the muscles. Sufferers usually feel mild to severe pain in their low extremity muscles while exercising. The pain usually goes away once the person rests. Claudication is a result of peripheral vascular disease which is the narrowing of blood vessels due to plaque build up. Pain occurs when these blood vessels spasm. Risk factors for claudication include smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. The condition is diagnosed by measuring the blood pressure in the legs before and after exercise or by magnetic resonance angiography which checks arterial plaque deposits. The condition is treated by reducing the risk factors eg stopping smoking, managing diabetes. Exercise is also beneficial. Drug therapy using anti-platelet agents (blood thinning), aspirin, dipyridamole, clopidogrel, cilostaxol or pentoxifylline may also be utilized. If a patient suffers pain even while at rest, surgery may be required - balloon or stent insertion or blockage bypass.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Sun Herald

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  • Pain in lower extremities while exercising
  • Pain in lower extremities
  • Pain
  • Mild pain
  • Severe pain
  • Narrowing of blood vessels

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About: Claudication is caused by plaque build up in blood vessels

Date: 2 December 2004

Source: Sun Herald

Author: Dr Sangani


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