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Poor Circulation

Poor circulation refers to the reduced blood flow through the arteries and veins in the body. This condition can affect various parts of the body, particularly the extremities, such as legs and arms. Healthy blood circulation is crucial for overall well-being, as it ensures that vital organs and tissues receive adequate oxygen and nutrients for proper functioning.

Causes of Poor Circulation

Poor circulation generally results from problems with the blood vessels and the heart, hindering the adequate flow of blood. Common causes include:

Atherosclerosis, where arteries become narrowed and hardened due to plaque buildup, is a leading cause of poor circulation. This reduces blood flow, especially to the limbs.

Clots in the arteries or veins can obstruct blood flow and cause poor circulation. Deep vein thrombosis is a common condition where blood clots form in deep veins, often in the legs.

Heart diseases like heart failure, arrhythmias, and other cardiovascular conditions can affect blood pumping efficiency, leading to poor circulation.

Risk Factors for Poor Circulation

Certain factors can contribute to poor circulation.

Aging often brings a higher risk of circulation problems.

Being overweight can strain the circulatory system.

Tobacco use can damage blood vessels, affecting circulation.

Consuming high-fat, high-sodium foods can contribute to poor circulation.

Conditions like diabetes and hypertension can impact blood flow.

Treatment for Poor Circulation

Improving poor circulation involves addressing the underlying causes and employing appropriate treatment to enhance blood flow. Premier Vein & Vascular offers several procedures that can improve the overall health of your veins, but minimally-invasive treatment specific to poor circulation may include:


Primarily used for removing blood clots. If poor circulation is due to clotting, this can be an effective treatment.

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Addresses iliac vein compression or obstruction, which can significantly improve blood flow in the lower extremities.

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Opens narrowed or blocked arteries, enhancing blood flow and circulation.

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Removes plaque from arteries, potentially improving blood flow and circulation.

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Keeps narrowed arteries open, promoting better blood flow

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Poor circulation can lead to various health issues if left untreated. It's important to address it promptly to prevent complications such as blood clots, chronic venous insufficiency, or tissue damage.

Yes, making certain lifestyle changes can significantly improve circulation. These include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking, managing stress, and following a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

In diagnosing poor circulation, Dr. Tawfik may use tests such as the Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) to measure blood pressure, ultrasound to evaluate blood flow, angiography, magnetic resonance angiography, and CT scans for imaging blood vessels. Blood tests may also be conducted to analyze cholesterol and glucose levels, aiding in the diagnosis and understanding of potential underlying conditions contributing to poor circulation.

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