Poor Circulation Symptoms Not to Overlook
The circulatory system is responsible for the distribution of essential nutrients, oxygen and water throughout the body and to the cells. It is a freeway of sorts for all of the stuff that each and every cell, part and organ of the body needs to stay healthy and properly functioning. It is also the route by which carbon dioxide and other waste is removed. But, there are times that this fast flowing highway of vital importance functions less optimally than designed and, when this occurs, poor circulation symptoms can result.
There are many conditions that can cause circulation problems. MedicineNet explains that high blood pressure is one of the most common, particularly in the lower extremities where poor circulation in feet and legs is not uncommon. But, there are other instances where poor circulation symptoms can persist, such as in diabetes and even in cases where genetics can play a role as well. In many instances, these circulation problems are a result of an underlying health concern such as atherosclerosis, as explained by Dr. Frank Vieth in an interview with FoxNews.
Atherosclerosis is characterized by the thickening (also referred to as hardening) of the arteries. This occurs due to a buildup of cholesterol and other fatty substances within the walls of the blood carrying arteries. This leads to the formation of plaques, which can restrict the flow of blood through the highways of the circulatory system. These clogged arteries can result over time in serious health complications like an infarction, stroke or heart attack.
Many times, poor circulation symptoms go unnoticed for quite some time. In fact, it is not uncommon for bad circulation to be dismissed for years or be completely unapparent until serious problems have arisen. For these reasons, many conditions associated with bad circulation are known as “silent killers” because of their seemingly unobvious symptom exhibition. But, inaudible and invisible as some of the symptoms may appear, there are some signs that the body may display to indicate that poor blood circulation is present. Some of them may be mild and infrequent, while other poor circulation symptoms can be very serious.
Poor circulation in legs and feet is one of the most commonly overlooked yet frequent early warning signs. This can lead to muscle pain (often during exercise) that occurs in the lower parts of the leg. Most of the time, the discomfort can be relieved with rest. It is important to note that there are reasons aside from those circulatory in nature that can cause extremity discomfort, which is why evaluation from a health care provider is essential. In some cases, there can even be a rapid worsening of these poor circulation symptoms that can turn into a serious health concern known as gangrene.
Other lower extremity signs however that should not be overlooked include cramping and color changes in the legs and feet. This may come and go and can occur more often with physical activity. Wounds or sores that are slow to heal are also characteristic of circulation issues and, while these superficial lesions may not seem problematic, the key to identifying their true signal is the length of time that they take to resolve. This symptom of poor circulation is also very common in diabetics. Hair loss in these areas, such as that arising on the feet or on the legs, can also be a telltale yet commonly overlooked symptom.
But, poor circulation symptoms are not just found in the feet and legs, although the region is associated with an increased relationship to circulatory issues. Raynaud’s phenomenon, for instance, is a condition common to women that affects blood vessels in the hands most predominantly when cold exposure occurs. Symptoms relating to poor circulation in hands as associated with Raynaud’s include color changes to the hands, numbness and tingling and even temporary periods of pain.
Because the signs of circulatory trouble are often difficult to identify and they are not always presented in the early stages of circulatory distress, it is important that if warning signs are present that health care be sought out to help determine if there are underlying problems relating to the body’s ability to properly distribute blood throughout. If certain risk factors are present such as obesity, smoking, diabetes or a family history of similar illness, it is even more important to monitor signs and poor circulation symptoms that the body may be displaying. Because of the seriousness of long term complications of poor circulation, it is absolutely essential that conditions relating to same are identified as early as possible so that intervention including lifestyle changes as well as appropriate medications, if applicable, can be started to prevent or properly manage long term health problems.