Intermittent claudication

Nurs Stand. 2003 Jul;17(42):45-52; quiz 53-5. doi: 10.7748/ns2003.


Intermittent claudication is a painful, debilitating condition that reduces mobility in those affected and has a detrimental effect on quality of life. It is often the first symptom of peripheral arterial disease. This article explains the aetiology of intermittent claudication, the associated risk factors, vascular assessment and the nursing care involved in conservative treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Disease Progression
  • Exercise Test
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Intermittent Claudication* / diagnosis
  • Intermittent Claudication* / epidemiology
  • Intermittent Claudication* / psychology
  • Intermittent Claudication* / therapy
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Factors