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Conditions We Treat: Claudication

Claudication is a pain or weakness in the legs that occurs while walking or exercising. It is a serious warning sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD), where the arteries in your limbs don’t get enough oxygen due to narrowing or blockage. With PAD comes a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.

Claudication: What You Need to Know

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  • Claudication gets worse over time. For example, you may experience pain after walking six blocks. Months later, you may notice pain after walking five blocks.
  • If claudication progresses until you experience leg pain while resting, the symptoms are considered severe.
  • Claudication and PAD are usually caused by atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty plaque, cholesterol and other deposits inside your artery walls.
  • Your physician’s goals will be to reduce atherosclerosis through medication and lifestyle changes. Surgery or stenting — inserting an expanding tube that pushes open the artery — may become necessary.

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