Quality of life in patients with chronic ischaemia of the lower limbs

A. Martorell, T. M. Lacorte, C. Lisbona, R. Lerma, J. M. Callejas

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Objective: To asses quality of life in patients with chronic ischaemia, as well as factors than can have an influence on it; to evaluate quality of life improvements with several therapies: medical treatment, PTA, lumbar sympathectomy, femoro-popliteal surgery, and aortic-iliac surgery. Material and methods: 130 consecutively admitted patients with chronic ischaemia were prospectively studied, by means of Nottingham Health Profile questionnaire, a test that includes 6 items related to quality of life. Influence of several factors (age, Fontaine stage, involved anatomic sector, comorbidities) on these results were also assessed. In order to evaluate later course, the test was repeated 3 and 6 months after treatment. A statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 6.0.1. Results and conclusions: Pain is a prevailing factor in these patients. Advances stages, as well as femoral-popliteal sector involvement, imply a poorer quality of life. Regarding comorbidities, NOCB is the factor that most severely impairs quality of life. Lumbar sympathectomy does not improve quality of life, except for pain item. Arterial surgery (especially on femoral-popliteal sector) affords a dramatic improvement in quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-208
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


  • Chronic ischaemia
  • Nottingham Health Profile questionnaire
  • Quality of life


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