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Intermittent Claudication in Brief-

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Intermittent Claudication in Brief-

Disease Overview:

Intermittent Claudication is an aching pain in your legs when you walk or exercise. It usually stops when you rest and can be a symptom of blood flow problems, like peripheral artery disease. If not taken care of correctly, it may get worse over time and lead to serious health problem and complications.

Intermittent Claudication isn’t a disease but rather the symptom of a specific condition called Peripheral artery disease. This is when a buildup of a wax-like substance called plaque gathers on the inside of your arteries. According to Cleveland Clinic, as that buildup gets worse there’s less room for blood flow through those arteries.

Some of the symptoms that you can feel with this is:

  • Pain, ache, discomfort, fatigue in muscles when you use them
  • Pain in shoulders, biceps, and forearms (less often)
  • Pain in calves, thighs, buttocks, hips, or feet

 

If experiencing any of these symptoms it’s best to go to your doctor to see what treatments you may be able to do. The first thing your doctor will do is ask you questions about what you are feeling, your lifestyle, and even your family history. From there they may perform a series of tests to help find out whether or not you have intermittent claudication:

  • Ultrasound- this type of test helps to find out how fast the blood is moving in your vessels and in what direction.
  • Ankle Brachial Index- this test may help compare the blood pressure in your ankle to the blood pressure in your arm. The blood pressure in your leg should not be lower then your arms. If it is, it may mean you have clogged arteries.

 

It is said that a good way to help prevent claudication is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and control certain conditions that you may already have. This can range from making sure you’re exercising regularly and eating healthy to keeping your cholesterol within normal values or keeping your blood sugar in control if you have diabetes.

Not only that but there is some research about how IV therapy can help your body get the right amount of vitamins and minerals that it needs to function the right way. Because of its 100% absorption, all the nutrients will make their way straight to your veins instead of passing through the digestive system first.

Nutrition Research:

  • L-Carnitine- This is a chemical found in the brain, lungs, and kidneys. It is known to convert fat into energy. Propionyl-L-carnitine in particular may benefit ischemic tissue by replenishing intermediates of energy metabolism or by increasing blood vessel dilation.

 

We want to be able to help anyone that needs it. Make your way to the IV Lounge to take part in all the benefits that IV therapy can provide you. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!

Works Cited

Cleveland Clinic Medical Professional. (2021, November 5). Intermittent Claudication. Retrieved from Cleveland Clinic: www.my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/22046-intermittent-claudication

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