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1

Where does claudication often occur?

In the calf --> presents as calf pain

2

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.

3

When is calf pain generally felt?

During exertion--> particularly when walking uphill

4

What type of pain is cludication? [Quality]

Cramping pain --> known as intermittent claudication as it arises with exertion and subsides with rest

5

How is severity of claudication measured?

by the distance that the patient can walk before developing the pain

6

What are risk factors for claudication?

Peripheral artery disease has similar risk factors as coronary artery disease

7

What vessels are generally occluded during claudication?

Popliteal artery --> painful calves, parasthesia/pale calves, weakness/cold/no distal pulses

8

How would you ask about a family history?

SIGNPOST FIRST!!!
- 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!!!

9

How would you redirect an interview if the patient was going off topic?

- I would love to get back to that, but I would just like to ask you a bit more about your pain...
- Thats very interesting to know....