Blood Circulation & Flow

Poor Blood Circulation: Causes, Facts, and Treatment

A narrowed or blocked artery is a very common condition, and it simply refers to poor blood circulation, which a blood circulation doctor specialist can quickly diagnose. A variety of symptoms can result from less blood flow to affected areas. A person can experience pain, numbness, or tingling in their feet and in their arms.

It’s common for people to feel fatigued, have heavy legs, or have an overall sense that something is wrong that they cannot fully explain. The ability to move freely and exercise effectively is often limited by unexplained aches and pains for people who are actively trying to improve their fitness. But why?

A blood circulation doctor specialist will tell you some of the valves in your veins aren’t working properly. A valve’s function is essential in preventing trapped blood in the legs and feet, as well as returning that blood to your heart.

 

Understanding the Basics

Your body’s blood circulation all comes down to your veins and your heart, which pumps blood throughout the body through its four chambers — two atria and two ventricles. During contractions and relaxations, your heart does the job it’s made to do.

Blood is pumped into your arteries when the heart contracts, carrying it to every part of your body, with the same blood cells returning to the heart through your veins. Your circulatory system does more than supply cells with oxygen and nutrients and remove waste products. It also controls body temperature and blood pressure.

A blood circulation doctor specialist can see why you’re having circulation issues by assessing your problems through modern-day testing and a thorough review of your specific symptoms.

 

Symptoms of Poor Blood Circulation

Different areas of your body may experience different symptoms from poor circulation. It can cause coldness and numbness in your hands and feet, swelling in your legs or arms, slow-healing sores on your body, changes in your skin color (paleness or blueness), muscle cramps, fatigue, or shortness of breath.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should visit a blood circulation doctor specialist to get a proper diagnosis and the right treatment. You can improve your circulation by doing a number of things. In fact, most people with poor circulation live longer and healthier lives when they seek treatment. The catch? This is only the case when they seek it sooner rather than later.

 

Causes of Unhealthy Blood Flow

Your blood circulation health can be affected by a number of factors. It’s common for people to experience stiffer and narrower arteries as they age. This obstruction of the flow of blood through your arteries can cause high blood pressure and heart disease.

Moreover, women have a higher risk of high blood pressure than men. As a result of estrogen’s role in causing stress to cause the arteries to tighten, women are more likely to experience artery problems.

It goes without saying that diet and activity also play significant roles. They affect whether you may experience poor blood circulation. Saturated fat and cholesterol can build up in the arteries, narrowing them and making blood flow more difficult. The arteries are kept healthy by exercise, which keeps them flexible and open, so a sedentary lifestyle (severe lack of exercise) must be avoided. As a side note, obesity and excess weight put additional strain on the heart. This also leads to high blood pressure.

It’s also probably no surprise that smoking damages the arteries and makes it more difficult for blood to flow through those arteries. Diabetes can also damage nerves and blood vessels, which may make blood flow more difficult. These last two are very important, as any blood circulation doctor specialist will affirm.

Treatment for Keeping Blood Circulation Healthy

No one can cure poor blood circulation. However, you can manage it and prevent problems in a number of ways. If you are a smoker, quitting is the first step to keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

Managing your diabetes properly can also be very helpful. It is also a good idea to lose weight, if you are overweight or obese. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking medications as directed by your doctor are also important.

Nonetheless, the first step to finding relief is to have a venous mapping ultrasound performed by a trustworthy blood circulation doctor specialist. A vein mapping ultrasound has no side effects, and there is no pain or radiation.

This quick, non-invasive procedure can determine if you have dilated or stretched-out veins in your legs. These veins may cause pain, poor blood circulation, and other symptoms. It helps identify medical conditions and guide treatment. It creates a “map” of the blood vessels in your body.

Ultrasounds send sound waves through your blood vessels. Then they convert them into images. These images show whether your veins are dilated or stretched. It measures the width of the veins and reflux, which is the flow of blood in the wrong direction.

 

Wellness and Pain Can Help

You are not alone. Poor blood circulation takes a toll on daily living. Discovering the cause doesn’t have to cause you trouble anymore. Chronic pain sufferers tend to see multiple doctors to figure out what’s causing their pain.

Blood circulation treatment options are available at Wellness and Pain. Our team of doctors and specialists offers minimally invasive, quick-recovery options and surgery. We can help keep you free of blood circulation problems by providing lifestyle education and home care advice to help you avoid and manage problems, quickly relieving the pain.

We personalize patient care plans based on each patient’s condition and unique circumstances. Together, we can increase mobility, prevent further injuries, and improve your overall health.

Vein Ablation

Vessel Ablation for Inadequate Circulation

Vessel ablation treats weak blood circulation, venous disorders, and varicose veins. It and vein ablation are minimally invasive procedures. In fact, a variety of vein conditions can be treated with this type of ablation, and it generally provides long-lasting relief.

The most common reason for vein ablation is to improve venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is when someone has a poor supply of blood going into and coming out of their legs. In addition to swelling and pain, this can also have other negative effects.

 

Vessel Ablation: Venous Insufficiency Symptoms

There are a variety of symptoms associated with venous insufficiency problems that a vessel ablation can treat. They include the swelling of the ankles, feet and legs, pain or aching in the legs, tingling or numbness in the legs, heaviness or fatigue in the legs, varicose veins, skin changes, including redness, dryness, and eczema, and ulcers.

Swelling and pain are often strong signs of venous insufficiency. Blood builds up in the veins, causing swelling. The pressure that builds up in the veins damages the veins and surrounding tissue, resulting in pain. After prolonged standing or sitting, swelling and pain can become worse. Additionally, you may experience more discomfort during pregnancy or if you are overweight or obese.

When blood builds up in the veins, it puts pressure on the nerves, causing tingling or numbness. In some cases, the pressure can cause nerve damage, leading to the sending of abnormal signals to the brain. A tingling sensation, numbness, or other symptoms may result, especially when you are standing or sitting for long periods.

Blood pooling in the legs may cause fatigue or heaviness, placing pressure on muscles and nerves. As a result of the pressure, the legs may feel cumbersome, exhausted, and weary. Once again, long periods of standing or sitting will usually make things worse.

Many patients find that having a vein ablation procedure was the right choice to alleviate their pain and issues. Some patients may want to reduce their risk of varicose vein complications. There are several complications associated with varicose veins, including blood clots, painful ulcers, and an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Varicose veins are enlarged twisted veins that can be painful and unsightly.

 

Inadequate Circulation: Contributing Vessel Ablation and Vein Ablation Factors

Your legs may swell and cause life-altering pain and other horrible symptoms, which means you should make an appointment with a health professional who can discuss vessel ablation procedure options.

Venous valves allow blood to flow back up to your heart normally. A damaged valve, however, can cause blood to flow backward, causing the fluid to pool in the legs. High pressure in the veins can damage veins and surrounding tissue.

Several factors contribute to venous insufficiency, including varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pregnancy, obesity, prolonged standing, age, and having a family history of the same.

An illustration of the difference between healthy and swollen veins that could be treated through vessel ablation or vein ablation.

Eventually, the valves in your veins weaken, causing varicose veins. These valves enable the maintenance of blood flow in the right direction. Veins swell when blood flows backward through weak valves.

An underlying cause of deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot forming in one of the deep veins of your legs — just one reason to look into vein ablation sooner rather than later. Depending on how far the clot travels, it can be a serious condition. Those who are inactive are more likely to suffer from DVT. In addition, people with medical conditions, such as obesity or heart disease, are more likely to suffer from this condition.

Pregnancy, obesity, and having to stand for long periods of time are all conditions lasting either temporarily or longer, due to an individual’s circumstances in life.

Vessel Ablation and Vein Ablation Treatments and More

Using heat or laser energy, vessel ablation seals or closes veins in a minimally invasive procedure. This procedure can treat various conditions, including varicose veins, spider veins, and venous insufficiency.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and laser ablation are the two main types of vein ablation. This procedure uses radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to destroy veins using a small probe. The radiofrequency energy made by the probe heats the vein and collapses it. As such, a small laser heats up and collapses the vein through laser ablation.

A doctor performing a vessel ablation on a patient's leg.

In most cases, vessel ablation is performed as an outpatient procedure. The procedure typically utilizes local anesthesia, although it may also use general anesthesia. Bruising, swelling, and pain may occur after the procedure. It usually takes a few days for these symptoms to go away on their own.

Vessel ablation is the usual active treatment for varicose and spider veins, offering a safe and effective procedure to address venous insufficiency. Those who are not good candidates for surgery or who wish to avoid surgery may find it to be a good option, since minimally invasive procedures are less risky than surgery.

Furthermore, it is a quick process, and you are able to go home the same day. Most people are able to resume their normal activities within a few days of the surgery. Usually, the results last for a long time.

 

Wellness and Pain Can Help

Approximately 150,000 cases of vessel insufficiency are diagnosed each year. Chronic vessel insufficiency is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Early diagnosis is key.

A range of vessel ablation treatment options are available at Wellness and Pain. We offer conservative treatments, minimally invasive quick-recovery procedures, and surgery. Our goal is to free you of vessel insufficiency and other vessel problems by providing lifestyle education and home care advice to help you avoid and manage problems and quickly relieve any vessel conditions using state-of-the-art treatments, including vein ablation.

We personalize patient care plans based on each patient’s condition and unique circumstances to relieve the pain, improve mobility, prevent further injuries, and improve your health.

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