Healthy circulation means that blood, nutrients, and oxygen flow normally through your body. When you experience poor circulation, this system isn’t working quite right. This can lead to a range of complications, from physical discomfort to potentially threatening medical problems.
Our team of experts at Premier Vein & Vascular provide diagnostics and treatments to help reverse poor circulation and its causes. Read on for a few things we’d like you to know about poor circulation, including common signs.
Causes of poor circulation
Poor circulation isn’t a medical condition itself, but a symptom of an underlying issue. Numerous conditions can disrupt normal circulation, including:
Finding out the culprit of your symptoms is important not only for reversing poor circulation, but for addressing a cause, such as a dangerous blood clot or stroke.
Common signs of circulation
Poor circulation affects people differently and your symptoms can range from mild and occasional to persistent and severe. Five of the most common signs of poor circulation include:
- Cold hands and feet
- Digestive problems, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation
- Fatigue and poor energy levels
- Unusual sensations, such as aching, numbness, tingling, or throbbing
- Ulcers or sores on your feet or legs
Depending on the cause, these symptoms tend to start out fairly mild and increase over time. You may also develop more types of symptoms as your circulation worsens.
What to do about poor circulation
You shouldn’t ignore symptoms of poor circulation, even if they seem mild. A small sore, for example, might not be a concern for a person with normal blood flow, but when you have poor circulation, such a sore can become large and even infected. In the most severe cases, unmanaged poor circulation can cause tissue death and infections that lead to the need for amputation.
If you believe you’re at risk for circulation problems or have been showing signs already, one of our providers can conduct a physical exam and blood tests to determine what problems may be at play. From there, they’ll recommend any additional needed tests and a customized treatment plan, which may involve lifestyle changes as well as medical care for any underlying condition.
Some of the most important lifestyle shifts for improving circulation include exercising regularly, quitting smoking, limiting your alcohol intake, and managing your weight. Our experts would be happy to help guide you toward the best lifestyle approach, as well as the best medical treatments for your specific needs.
To learn more about poor circulation or get started with the care you need, call Premier Vein & Vascular or request a free consultation through our website.