We know that circulation is important to your health, but we don’t always talk about what causes poor circulation. We often talk about it as an isolated condition. This isn’t quite true — circulation is a side-effect of other health issues and is deserving of a deeper look. The vascular physicians in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center would like to look closer at how our vein health can impact our circulation.
Our Circulatory System
Our circulatory system is important; it’s what keeps our blood, oxygen, and nutrients circulating properly throughout our body. When something prevents our blood from flowing properly, we may experience a familiar pins-and-needles tingling in the area of poor circulation. We may also experience numbness, pain, or muscle cramps in the affected area. These feelings are most common in your arms and legs.
There are two types of circulation: arterial and venous. Arterial circulation involves arteries, which carry blood away from the heart. Venous circulation completes the circuit, consisting of the veins and sinuses. If veins do not function properly, there is a build-up of pressure on the vein side leading to swelling and varicose veins.
What can cause poor circulation? One frequent contender is our veins. Our veins have valves responsible for pushing blood through our body. This is harder in the lower leg where blood must be pushed against the flow of gravity. If valves are weakened or damaged, blood can pool in the veins. Varicose veins can form as a result of poor circulation in the lower leg.
Over time, the lack of circulation can lead to other health concerns such as blood clots, which can potentially dislodge from the vein and move to the lungs. This is why it’s important to take steps to boost your circulation where possible.
How Can I Improve Circulation?
Giving your circulatory system a boost is easy. Here are a few simple ways to keep your circulatory system healthy:
- Frequent, low-impact exercise: Take a daily, 15-minute walk to improve your circulation. Swimming is also a great low-impact exercise that can help. If you’re frequently sitting or standing for long periods of time at work, make short walks a priority. Hours of staying still can have a negative impact on your circulatory system.
- Drink plenty of water: Our blood is thinner when we’re hydrated, which makes it easier to move through the veins.
- Elevate your legs: It’s hard for our veins to circulate blood through the leg. You can give them a well-deserved break by elevating your legs when you can.
- Stretch: Like walking, stretching can give you a circulation boost that is especially important if you sit or stand for hours at a time.
Your Vein Health and Circulation
If your poor circulation is due to your veins, you may feel the following symptoms in your lower legs: soreness, heaviness, itchiness, fatigue, and/or the appearance of dark, bulging veins under the skin. In that case, you’ll need to see a specialist for treatment. Modern vein treatment is quick and minimally invasive, meaning you can get back to your life without feeling pain from poor circulation in the leg. Our team of experienced vascular physicians in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center have dedicated themselves to vein care so that you can get the best treatment possible for your veins. You can schedule a consultation today by calling 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547.