Showcase syndrome: discover what it is and its symptoms

Although first name may make us think that we are facing a rather psychological pathology related to compulsive buying, the truth is that, in reality, this disorder has nothing to do with it.

And, with the curious name of the showcase syndrome,  we are in front of a peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which supposes a chronic ischemia in the lower limbs. It basically consists of another way of calling the intermittent claudication, which is constituted as one of the main symptoms of the EAP.

But before continuing we will describe what is a peripheral arterial ischemia in the lower limbs.

What is peripheral arterial ischemia? What are your symptoms?

Peripheral arterial ischemia is a disease that damages and obstructs the arteries of both the extremities and the arteries of the abdomen. It produces intense muscular pains, which only calm down when the person stops walking and stops. For that reason this disease is known by the name of "Showcase syndrome".

At first the disease manifests with pain when the person has walked a long way and needs to stop several times to relieve the pain.

When the time passes accusing these symptoms the person can begin to notice how the distances that can walk are shorter and the pain appears before.

At this stage the disease is at an advanced stage may even appear pain while at rest, which can turn out to be a pathology or disabling disease.

In some cases, the disease can be asymptomatic or even reach more advanced stages in which ischemia produces ulcers or ulcerations, or other more serious ischemic lesions such as gangrene and the possible amputation of the affected limb.

Some risk factors and their main causes

The population that is most at risk of suffering from this pathology are people with diabetes, people with hypertension, and smokers.

It mainly affects people 50 years of age and older and a percentage of 10% of the population, being a greater proportion of the population of 70 years.

The pain can be located in the thigh, or in the calves when we are walking or exercising and as we have said before, only the pain is relieved by stopping the movement.

Some factors such as smoking, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia or dyslipidemia (presence of high levels of lipids such as cholesterol, triglycerides or both and that are transported by lipoproteins in the blood), obesity, coagulopathies, sedentary lifestyle, bad habits in the diet, the profession ...

They are risk factors that can predispose us to suffer from this disease among others, also associated with these risk factors.

How is it treated?

It is necessary to go to the doctor before the first symptoms so that with the timely medical review the disease is confirmed or ruled out, a quick intervention can help a lot to improve the quality of life of the people affected by this syndrome and reduce as much as possible the risk of that the disease advances.

It is also necessary to differentiate that not all the pain that we can present in our musculoskeletal system must be related to this disease.

When it is a musculoskeletal pain it hurts us to walk and when we remain still, seated, and move in these positions the leg that hurts, we will notice that it even hurts with the passive mobilization of the leg or limb.

Undoubtedly we must go to the specialist doctor to do a good medical review.

From NatureVia, promoters as we are of a healthy life, once again we want to advise our followers and readers to carry out a life as healthy as possible in which we do not lack a healthy and balanced diet, keep us well hydrated, as well as practice of moderate daily physical exercise.

And is that just walk half an hour a day will benefit our body and avoid both sedentary lifestyle as overweight and obesity. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor.

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