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Circulation Problems

Circulation problems occur when the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels becomes restricted by disease or disorder. Common conditions include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and strokes.
Circulation Problems

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Circulation problems typically have more than a single cause and usually result as a consequence of many risk factors.

Poor circulation can occur with age as the arteries harden while circulatory problems can often run in families. Gender can play a major role in determining problems with circulation, for example women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men.

One of the biggest factors that causes circulation problems is lifestyle choices. People who smoke, are overweight or spend long periods sitting or standing are more prone to developing circulatory disorders. Diabetes and certain medications such as birth-control pills have an influence on circulation which can lead to chronic problems.

Circulation problems can occur anywhere in the body but mostly affect the buttocks, thighs, calves and feet. Symptoms can vary depending on the disorder but common problems include:
  • Cramps
  • Muscle aches
  • Bulging veins (varicose veins)
  • Painful or hardened veins
  • Numbness (particularly in the toes or fingers)
  • Scaly skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Sores
  • Swollen feet
  • Chest pain (heart attack)
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
Poor circulation to the brain can also lead to headaches, dizziness and feeling faint. Blocked blood vessels can trigger a stroke, paralysis and difficulty with breathing.

In the first instance you should visit your GP who will make an initial assessment based on your symptoms. They will listen to your heart rate and take your blood pressure. If a more serious underlying condition is suspected you may be referred for further testing which will be explained during your appointment.

High Blood Pressure
Low Blood Pressure
Swollen Feet

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