Last updated on March 2019

Does Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Improve the Absolute Walking Distance in Patients With Intermittent Claudication Compared to Best Available Treatment?

Brief description of study

Intermittent claudication (IC) is caused by a blockage in the artery of the leg, causing muscle pain. Although some evidence of the efficacy of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) in the management of patients with IC exists, further high quality research is required. This proposed study is vital to identify the contribution of clinical change using NMES, compared to the current gold standard recommended practice of supervised exercise therapy (SET) and, actual standard of care offered in the majority of the UK and Ireland, including best medical therapy (BMT). The device is expected to increase the walking distance in patients with intermittent claudication (IC), and therefore have a benefit on the same when provided in addition to supervised exercise programmes. It is also expected to cause a reduction in pain symptoms and reduced likelihood of major intervention in late stage peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The principal research objective is to assess the clinical efficacy of a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) device as an adjunct to the local standard care that is available at the study randomisation sites, in order to improve walking distance in patients with intermittent claudication (IC).

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03446027

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