For a vascular assessment it is necessary to establish whether the patient has intermittent claudication.
The pain you feel in your legs is called intermittent claudication.
Intravenous injections of the amino acid arginine have been shown to be remarkably effective at improving intermittent claudication.
Figure: Effects of exercise on walking distance or time compared with placebo in patients with intermittent claudication Adverse effects None were reported.
Angioplasty does not appear to be an effective treatment of mild or moderate intermittent claudication.