Numbness, cold toes and fingers, the feeling of “pins and needles.” These are all trademark symptoms of poor circulation, a common problem that can lead to numerous health issues, including cardiovascular disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of one in five deaths in America each year—about 697,000 people annually.
What Causes Poor Circulation?
Typically, circulation can be impacted due to reduced oxygen uptake in body tissues or an obstruction, such as plaque buildup in the arteries. This can cause a blockage that limits the supply of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Cardiovascular conditions, such as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), are an example of this. If these conditions progress, patients might be at risk for organ and tissue damage due to the lack of blood flow.
A variety of lifestyle choices can impact circulation, such as smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating, and excess drinking. Other health conditions, such as diabetes and high cholesterol levels, can also contribute to poor circulation and more. Genetics can also make an individual more prone to cardiovascular issues.
How Can I Identify Poor Circulation?
Symptoms can look a little different for everyone. Still, patients with poor circulation usually report symptoms such as cold hands and feet, discoloration in fingers and toes, tingling or numbness, and swelling. Some individuals might also experience cramping, pain during exercise, fatigue, slow-healing wounds, and hair loss on the arms or legs.
If any of these symptoms persist for more than two weeks, we always recommend patients make an appointment to visit the team at Minimally Invasive Vascular Center. Even if symptoms have not persisted long-term, it is always recommended to consult your provider if you have concerns.
Schedule Your Appointment For Poor Circulation Today!
Vascular specialists are medical professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases related to veins and arteries. The Minimally Invasive Vascular Center will take time to discuss your medical history, examine your symptoms, and discuss possible treatment options. Call us at 855-803-6482 or visit us online at minimallyinvasivevascularcenters.com to schedule an appointment at our Laurel, MD, office today.