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How is claudication diagnosed?

A physician will take a history and the diagnosis will be based on the patient's symptoms.

Testing for claudication may include:

  • Ultrasound is most commonly used to determine location and severity of the narrowing in the blood vessels.
  • Ankle-arm index measures the blood pressure at the ankle compared with the blood pressure in the arm. An abnormal result is an indication of peripheral artery disease.
  • Segmental blood pressure measures blood pressure in different parts of the leg (calf, low thigh, high thigh) to detect a blockage that is causing decreased blood flow.
  • Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) are other noninvasive tests that can help a doctor map the blood flow in the affected areas. These tests may be considered if the patient's doctor thinks that a procedure (revascularization) to treat peripheral artery disease may be helpful.
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Comment from: Turtle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I walk at a fast pace for 35 minutes daily and 4 months ago I felt a knot in my right calf and my leg felt stressed. I thought I had pulled a muscle. This went on for 4 months. I decided I had better get it checked out. I had an ultra sound which determined claudication. I am meeting with a specialist to determine what is required medically to take care of my leg. I love walking for exercise, including 5K walks for charity, and this 'cramps' my style, at times literally. I do take medicine for cholesterol and high blood pressure. This has made me rethink what I am eating. I need to make life style changes; chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables.

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