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Growing Blood Vessels Around Clots In Leg Arteries May Treat Painful Walking

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January 11, 2000
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Like hearts, legs can also suffer from "attacks" when too little blood flows through clogged and narrowed arteries. And like angina in a heart, this lack of oxygen-rich blood to muscles that need it produces pain. Leg by-pass surgery and angioplasty can help some patients, but most people with leg clots walk as little as possible to avoid the pain. Now, a novel therapy is being tested to treat this condition, known medically as "intermittent claudication."

DURHAM, N.C. - Like hearts, legs can also suffer from "attacks" when too little blood flows through clogged and narrowed arteries. And like angina in a heart, this lack of oxygen-rich blood to muscles that need it produces pain. Leg by-pass surgery and angioplasty can help some patients, but most people with leg clots walk as little as possible to avoid the pain.


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