Are cardiovascular function and habitual physical activity levels similar in patients with classic and atypical claudication symptoms? A cross-sectional study

Longano, Paulo, Kanegusuku, Helcio, Correia, Marilia, Puech-Leao, Pedro, Wolosker, Nelson, Cucato, Gabriel and Ritti-Dias, Rapahel (2020) Are cardiovascular function and habitual physical activity levels similar in patients with classic and atypical claudication symptoms? A cross-sectional study. Vascular. ISSN 1708-5381 (In Press)

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Abstract

Objective: To analyze the impact of the different types of exertional leg pain oncardiovascular function, functional capacity, and habitual physical activity levels in patients with PAD.Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 124 patients with symptomatic PAD wereincluded. Exertional leg pain was evaluated using the San Diego ClaudicationQuestionnaire. Subsequently, patients were categorized into two groups according to their exertional leg pain: atypical leg pain (non-calf pain and atypical calf pain, n = 31) and intermittent claudication (classic intermittent claudication symptoms, n = 93). Cardiovascular function (blood pressure, heart rate, arterial stiffness, and heart rate variability), functional capacity (six-minute walk distance, handgrip strength, and short physical performance battery), and habitual physical activity levels were measured.Results: Functional capacity and physical activity levels were similar between patients with atypical leg pain and symptoms of intermittent claudication. However, patients with classic intermittent claudication symptoms presented higher central systolic blood pressure (P = 0.028) and arterial stiffness (augmentation index and pulse pressure; P ≤0.001 and 0.019, respectively) in comparison with patients with atypical leg pain.Conclusion: The type of exertional leg pain does not influence functional capacity and habitual physical activity levels in patients with PAD. However, patients with classic intermittent claudication symptoms present higher arterial stiffness compared with patients with atypical leg pain.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 11:23
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 11:23
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42518

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