Claudication, or intermittent claudication refers to leg pain which occurs on exercise and is usually due to narrowing or blockage of the arteries supplying blood to the legs due to atherosclerosis.
Patients with intermittent claudication usually have widespread atherosclerosis which can effect other organs and as such it is important that an aggressive ‘secondary prevention’ approach Is taken with lifestyle manoevres and drug therapy.
Regarding treatment of claudication this will often be managed by a vascular surgeon, or interventional radiologist. The management of this problem will depend on the level of symptoms and the precise cause based on a scan or angiogram. It may involve tablets alone, an arterial bypass operation or angioplasty and stenting.
Dr Dalby will discuss these tests, their implications and any subsequent tests, treatment or follow up with you so that you may reach a mutually agreeable management plan.