Claudication - Peripheral Artery Disease

Overview

Claudication is pain or weakness caused by too little blood flow in legs, usually happens during walking or exercise. It is a characteristic symptom of peripheral artery disease which is a potentially serious but treatable circulation problem. It is atherosclerosis developed in your leg arteries, which is related to diabetes, hypertension, smoking, coronary heart disease. Peripheral artery disease effects one in every 20 Americans over the age of 50. 

Signs you may have claudication

 

  • Pain when exercising. You may feel pain throughout your lower extremities  depending on where you might have artery narrowing. Claudication can occur in your arms, though its not common.
  • Intermittent pain. Less strenuous  activities may cause a noticeable reduction in pain. 
  • Pain when at rest. You may feel pain in your legs even when you're sitting or lying down.
  • Discolored skin or ulcerations. If blood flow is extremely reduced, your feet or hands may look blue or feel cold. You may also develop sores on your lower limbs.

Possible Complications include:

 

  •  If you still have pain in your legs or arms when you exercise. If left untreated, claudication and peripheral artery disease can decrease the quality of your life and lead to potential life-threatening issues. Claudication may limit your ability to partake in social activities making exercise unbearable. 

Diagnosis

  

Non-invasive painless DUPLEX ULTRASOUND examination will be performed by a certified vascular ultrasound technicians. 


This usually takes 15 minutes to complete. This device uses sound waves to assess the severity and distribution of arterial disease. It is able to help physician to decide the tailored treatment plan on your first visit. 

Insurance

We accept most major insurance companies including Medicare, Blue Shield/Blue Cross, United Healthcare, 1199, Cigna, Aetna, Healthfirst, Wellcare, etc.


Our staff will help you to contact your insurance company to verify eligibility and complete all necessary paperwork. 

Claudication Treatment

At SVS you will be treated by fully trained vascular surgeons

  

TREATMENTS

  • LIFESTYLE CHANGE AND MEDICATION
  • MINIMAL INVASIVE ENDOVASCULAR PROCEDURES
  • LEG ANGIOGRAM
  • ANGIOPLASTY
  • ATHERECTOMY
  • STENTING
  • OPEN BYPASS SURGERY

What to do next?

Please contact our office for initial screen, early prevention as well as prompt treatment if you have any condition above.