walking down the street elegant man suddenly stopped.The face mask of suffering.A few minutes later as if nothing had happened, he smiles and continues on his way.What's the matter?In severe pain.
particularly sharp pain manifested in the rise up, such as stairs.It forces stop or slow down.After 2-4 minutes the pain disappears.But it is necessary to embark on the path again, it comes back.And so it is repeated again and again: walking - the pain - rest, walking - pain - rest.This is intermittent claudication - a symptom, unfortunately, familiar to many firsthand.
Her reason - insufficient blood supply to the muscles of the lower limbs, which occurs when the load.At this time, your muscles need more oxygen, but the leg arteries can not cope with the work.Oxygen is not fed in the proper amount, and this signal muscle pain.
Intermittent claudication - a symptom of "related" diseases: obliterating endarteritis and obliterating atherosclerosis of the lower extremities.In this and in the other case,
When occlusive disease occurs vasospasm.Prolonged spasm leads to a change in the inner wall of the artery, its roughness, thickening.As a result, the tissue affected limb.Endarteriit typical for men aged 20-30 years.
reason atherosclerotic lesions - all known atherosclerotic plaque: the place of accumulation of cholesterol and other fats.Atherosclerosis - a systemic process, it affects the arteries in many organs.In addition to the lower limbs, his "prey" are the brain, heart and kidneys.
Atherosclerotic plaque grows in the lumen of the artery, thrombus formation and blood flow to the lower extremities is deteriorating.Atherosclerosis affects usually large vessels: the aorta, iliac arteries extending from her thigh and leg arteries.The higher the pain is felt, the closer to the heart of the affected artery, the more difficult the disease.In atherosclerosis, a "contingent" - men older than 40. The vast majority of them - smokers.
Because the blood supply to tissues is reduced, the remaining cells without oxygen mertveyut die - developing gangrene.And then the inevitable amputation - finger, foot, lower leg, knee, hip ... Scary.Especially when you consider that the disabled are young, able-bodied men.
necrosis may develop gradually, and may occur suddenly.A sharp pain in my leg said that the crash occurred.
What else manifest arterial disease?
arise coldness, tingling, burning sensation in the fingertips.Leg pales, becomes cool to the touch.The skin of feet and legs dry, scaly.It slows the growth of nails, hair fall on his leg.To clarify the cause of pain, the doctor will prescribe examination including rheovasography, thermography, ultrasound.
One of the most informative methods for diagnosis of diseases of the arteries - angiography - an x-ray receptacles after filling them with a special contrast agent.This information will give the doctor to determine treatment strategy, and most importantly - decide whether surgery, bypass diseased arteries and the creation of a workaround for the blood flow.
Check the condition of the arteries can be yourself.
Sit with legs crossed.If the calf muscle located on top of the legs there is a pain, but at the fingertips - numbness and crawling "chills" - then you are not all right.
Lift up both legs - at one of them, where the damaged artery, the sole pale.If the skin on the feet has acquired ivory, the pain is felt not only in the lower leg, but in the thighs, buttocks and lower back, you, along with other troubles, threatened impotence (Leriche syndrome).
How to avoid the progression of the disease?
Usually in such cases apply the tools that affect blood clotting.However, if during the treatment you continue to smoke, do not hesitate - you are wasting power and money.Smoke gave impetus to your troubles, and if you do not stop, it will complete the destruction of your blood vessels.