- Peripheral Vascular Disease
Principal Proposed Natural Treatments
Other Proposed Treatments
Probably Ineffective Treatments
The arteries supplying the legs with blood may become seriously blocked in advanced stages of atherosclerosis (commonly, if somewhat incorrectly, known as hardening of the arteries). This can lead to severe, crampy pain when you walk more than a short distance because the muscles are starved for oxygen. This condition is called intermittent claudication. The intensity of intermittent claudication is often measured in the distance a person can walk without pain. Conventional treatment for intermittent claudication consists of measures to combat atherosclerosis, the drug Trental (pentoxifylline), and other medications. In advanced cases, surgery to improve blood flow may be necessary.