Our circulatory system performs one of the most important functions within the body. It supplies oxygen to the brain and all other organs. It is essentially what keeps our bodies working. When properly functioning it helps promote proper healthy cell growth.
Systemic circulation transports oxygen and nutrient-rich blood through our arteries to our organs and tissues. When it releases those vital substances, it takes back carbon dioxide and other waste Poor blood circulation can be attributed to smoking, excessive sitting, lack of exercise as well as genetics. Blood clots can become a concern when circulation isn’t working up to par.
Signs of poor circulation:
Cold hands and feet – this is likely the most obvious sign.
Numbness – this can happen when you are too sedentary for long periods of time. If it doesn’t go away right away as you start moving again, there may be an issue.
Brain Fog – You may actually not be getting enough blood flow to the brain.
Decreased Appetite – Eating less and not feeling like eating is often a sign of low circulation.
Tiredness – If you are always tired, despite getting enough sleep and rest.
Erectile Dysfunction – Lack of proper blood flow is a major cause of ED.
Weak Immune System – Do you catch every cold that comes by? – Circulation is necessary to keep up immunity.
Digestion issues – When there is not enough blood pumping through the body, all other actives slow down as well.
You may also develop over time:
Weak Nails – skin becomes dry and itchy.
Hair Loss – hair starts to shed more than usual.
Swelling – gathering of fluid in an area that makes it feel and look swollen and puffy.
Discoloration of skin – cyanosis may occur. Your skin will have a slightly blue grey tinge to it.
Varicose veins – Once the valves inside of the veins of the legs or arms are weakened it allows blood and pressure to build up. This causes the veins just below the surface of the skin to twist and swell. They can feel painful or itchy.
Leg ulcers –sore inflamed areas, may look like a rash.
If you believe you may be experiencing reduced circulation in one or multiple areas of the body it is important to be proactive and get a thorough screening. Talk with a Vein Specialist at Dr. Joseph Magnant’s office. Give us a call at 239-694-VEIN or complete the FREE online vein screening by going to www.weknowveins.com.