Do you know what the showcase syndrome is and what it consists of? We also discover what its main causes are, what symptoms it produces and how it is treated.

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

And, with the curious name of the shop window syndromewe are faced with a  peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which involves chronic ischemia in the lower limbs. It basically consists of another way of calling intermittent claudication, which is one of the main symptoms of PAD.

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

What is peripheral arterial ischemia? What are your symptoms?

Peripheral arterial ischemia is a disease that damages and clogs the arteries in both the extremities and the arteries in the abdomen. It produces severe muscle aches, which only subside when the person stops walking and stands up. For this reason, this disease is known by the name of “showcase syndrome.”

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

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

In this stage, the disease is in an advanced state, pain may even appear while resting, which can become a disabling disease or pathology.

In some cases, the disease may present asymptomatic or even reach more advanced stages in which the 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 at the highest risk of suffering from this pathology is 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, with a higher proportion being 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, the pain is only relieved by stopping the movement.

Some factors such as being a smoker, diabetic, hypertension, dyslipidemia or dyslipidemia (presence of high levels of lipids such as cholesterol, triglycerides or both and which are transported by lipoproteins in the blood), obesity, coagulopathies, sedentary lifestyle, bad habits in food, 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 at the first symptoms so that the disease can be confirmed or ruled out with a timely medical review, rapid intervention can help a lot to improve the quality of life of people affected by this syndrome and reduce as much as possible the risk of for the disease to progress.

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

When it comes to musculoskeletal pain, it hurts when walking and when we remain still, sitting, and move the leg that hurts in these positions, we will notice that it even hurts with passive mobilization of the leg or limb.

Without a doubt, we must go to a specialist doctor to get a good medical check-up.

From Natural, 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, stay well hydrated, as well as practice of moderate daily physical exercise.

And it is that just walking half an hour a day will benefit our body and avoid sedentary lifestyle as well as overweight and obesity.


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