What Causes Poor Circulation?

Poor circulation is caused by a variety of reasons, and it can affect the quality of your life – and cause a series of unwanted symptoms. Let’s take a look at common symptoms, causes, and prevention of poor circulation.

Why Is Blood Circulation Important?

The body’s circulation system sends nutrients and oxygen via the blood throughout the body so it can remain healthy and strong. If a person has poor circulation, it means certain parts of the body are not getting enough blood, nutrients, and oxygen, which can cause that particular part of the body to experience unwanted symptoms.

Poor circulation causes a lot of problems, and changes should be made to prevent it from developing.

Symptoms of Poor Circulation

The most common symptoms of poor circulation include the following:

Causes of Circulation Problems

There are several causes of poor circulation. Below are some of the most common ones:

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

PAD can lead to poor circulation, particularly in the legs. PAD narrows the blood vessels and arteries, and this narrowing increases circulation problems in the body.

Blood Clots

A blood clot can block or reduce the flow of blood. Blood clots can develop anywhere in the body; but when a clot develops in the arms or legs, it can cause blood circulation problems. A blood clot can be a life-threatening condition, especially if it’s in a lung or in the brain.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins happen when veins become enlarged because of a valve failure. It is most common on the legs. The damaged veins can’t do their job of moving blood throughout the system of veins which causes poor circulation.


Being significantly overweight can cause circulation problems, especially when an individual sits, stands, or lies down for a long time.

Raynaud’s Disease

This condition causes individuals to experience cold hands and feet, because the arteries in the hands and toes have become narrow.


Diabetes is a common condition that causes cramping in the body because of poor circulation and reduced sensations in the arms and legs.

How to Correct Poor Circulation

Fixing poor circulation depends on the factors that are causing it. If it’s a condition or disease that is causing the poor circulation, your doctor may recommend making changes to how your condition is treated or managed.

If poor circulation is caused by lifestyle problems like obesity, your doctor may recommend losing weight and being a little more active in your daily lifestyle.

Circulation Specialist in Tampa

The specialists at Premier Vein & Vascular in the Tampa Bay and Lakeland area excel in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of vascular and vein conditions, including poor circulation and blood disorders.

Contact us today by calling (888) VEINCARE (834-6227) or by filling out our easy-to-use online appointment request form here. Let us help you treat your circulation issues quickly and painlessly, so you can get back to living your life to the fullest.

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