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Claudication is a condition in which the blood flow to the lower limbs is impaired. 


Claudication is a symptom of peripheral artery disease. It is the pain that occurs when the muscles in the leg are not getting enough blood flow.

Q. What are the symptoms of claudication?

  • pain and ache
  • discomfort or fatigue in muscles every time those muscles are used
  • pain in calves, thighs, buttocks, hips of feet
  • pain in shoulders, biceps or forearms
  • pain that gets better soon after resting

Q. What are the risk factors of claudication?

  • family history of atherosclerosis, peripheral artery disease or claudication
  • age 50 years or older
  • smoking
  • diabetes
  • chronic kidney disease
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • obesity 

Q. How to prevent claudication?

  • eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • exercise regularly
  • if you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar in good control
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • manage cholesterol and blood pressure
  • quit smoking

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