Claudication is a condition marked by pain or fatigue that is caused by too little blood flow during exercise. Sometimes called intermittent claudication, it affects the blood vessels in the legs and sometimes the arms as well. Claudication occurs when arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the extremities become narrowed or blocked (known as ischemia). Muscles in the legs, in particular, may not get enough oxygen and nutrients to support physical activity. Though classified as a disease, claudication actually is a symptom of peripheral artery disease, a serious but treatable circulation issue in which plaque builds up in the arteries and causes them to narrow and stiffen. Without treatment, claudication sufferers are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke.
At UAB, you will receive expert, personalized care from our cardiology clinics both on campus and at our suburban center at Acton Road just off I-459. Specialists from UAB’s world-renowned team of cardiologists offer you the best evidence-based care for peripheral arterial disease and other heart and vessel conditions. And when you visit our clinics, you can expect friendly, personalized care backed by UAB’s sophisticated facilities and equipment.
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