Flashcards in Claudication Deck (9)
Where does claudication often occur?
In the calf --> presents as calf pain
How does claudication arise?
Atherosclerosis can cause narrowing of other blood vessels throughout the body apart from the coronary arteries including peripheral arteries causing ischaemic pain in the legs.
When is calf pain generally felt?
During exertion--> particularly when walking uphill
What type of pain is cludication? [Quality]
Cramping pain --> known as intermittent claudication as it arises with exertion and subsides with rest
How is severity of claudication measured?
by the distance that the patient can walk before developing the pain
What are risk factors for claudication?
Peripheral artery disease has similar risk factors as coronary artery disease
What vessels are generally occluded during claudication?
Popliteal artery --> painful calves, parasthesia/pale calves, weakness/cold/no distal pulses
How would you ask about a family history?
- Are you parents still alive?
- Do you know how they died?
- Could you tell me about the health of your immediate family?
- Be apologetic about deaths!!!