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In the Framingham study 20% of the men and women with intermittent claudication had diabetes compared with 6 persons of those without intermittent claudication.
Exercise is the most consistently effective treatment for intermittent claudication, as is proven by a number of studies.
The PAD group consisted of 48 veterans with moderate mobility impairment secondary to classic intermittent claudication in one or both gastrocnemius-soleus (calf) muscle groups (Fontaine stage IIa).
Atherosclerotic lesions extended into the abdominal aorta and femoral arteries, which resulted in clinical signs consistent with intermittent claudication.
Intermittent claudication was relieved in 25 patients (83%).
18) found in a meta-analysis that claudication pain end-point used during an exercise training programme was the most important independently related predictor of the positive change in PFWD distance and MWD in patients with intermittent claudication.
The spectrum of the disease can range from asymptomatic patients (which constitute the majority of patients), patients with intermittent claudication and patients with rest pain and critical ischemia.
A From your description, it sounds as if you may be suffering from a condition called intermittent claudication.
Patients with PAD may be asymptomatic or can present with intermittent claudication (IC) and/or critical limb ischaemia (CLI).
Based on findings reported in this trial, physicians should recommend supervised treadmill exercise programs for PAD patients, regardless of whether they have classic symptoms of intermittent claudication," they said.
Most patients with PAD do not have symptoms of intermittent claudication (pain in the leg muscles that comes and goes), but PAD patients without these symptoms have greater functional impairment and functional decline than those without PAD.

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