Poor Circulation: A Sign of Peripheral Artery Disease
Poor circulation occurs when there is lack of blood flow to certain areas of your body. It is not a condition on its own – rather it is a symptom that can result from a variety of medical conditions. It most commonly affects the extremities, such as the arms, legs, and feet.
Poor circulation is one of the many potential symptoms of peripheral artery disease, as the condition directly affects the blood’s ability to flow throughout the body. Although many with PAD do not experience symptoms, it is important to be able to identify potential symptoms and seek proper vascular care. We are proud to provide comprehensive PAD treatments at our vascular centers in NY, NJ, and OH.
Symptoms of Poor Circulation
Poor circulation occurs when there is an issue with the system that allows for blood and oxygen flow throughout the body. This can be due to a blockage or obstacle in the blood vessels or arteries, such as the plaque buildup associated with peripheral artery disease. Symptoms that indicate that you may have poor circulation include:
- Tingling in the arms and legs
- Numbness in the arms and legs
- Pain in the limbs that pulsates or stings
- Muscle weakness
- Pale or blue discoloration of the skin
- Bulging veins
- Cold fingers or toes
Causes of Poor Circulation
In order for the body to function properly, many systems need to work together. When something goes wrong along the way, blood may not be able to reach the lower extremities as easily as it should, leading to a host of symptoms and potential issues. Some of the many causes of poor circulation include:
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- High blood pressure
- Varicose veins
- Raynaud’s disease
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How Does Peripheral Artery Disease Cause Poor Circulation?
Peripheral arterial disease’s connection to poor circulation goes all the way to the root of the disease and the way it affects the body. The plaque buildup associated with PAD narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to the extremities, primarily the legs. When this happens, the lower limbs are not able to receive enough blood and oxygen to keep up with their demand, leading to symptoms like pain and weakness. Those who have a high risk of poor circulation, such as those with diabetes, also have a higher risk of peripheral artery disease.
PAD is a circulatory condition that has a negative impact on other parts of the body. When circulation is poor, other complications can arise, such as a delay in or prevention of wound healing in the affected areas. Proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial so that you can continue to live a healthy life.
Treatment for Poor Circulation Associated with PAD
Addressing poor circulation means addressing peripheral artery disease, as the condition and its symptoms are directly connected. At American Endovascular, our endovascular experts specialize in several minimally-invasive treatment options for PAD, administered in a warm and comforting environment. We want to help you take charge of your vascular health and live a life free of uncomfortable and potentially dangerous symptoms.
As peripheral artery disease worsens, its associated symptoms worsen as well. When tissue becomes irreparably damaged, there is an increased risk of potential amputation. At American Endovascular, we specialize in limb salvage and preservation via innovative techniques and technologies such as pedal loop intervention.
Angioplasty is performed with the goal of restoring blood flow to a clogged artery and allowing blood, oxygen, and nutrients to more easily flow to muscles and tissues throughout the body. The process involves the insertion of a low-profile catheter and an inflatable balloon, which is used to stretch the affected artery open.
Atherectomy allows a vascular specialist to remove plaque from the arteries and open up the area for improved blood flow. Our team at American Endovascular uses cutting-edge advances when performing this procedure, including orbital, rotational, and diamond-coated surface technology.
Stents are metallic-based devices that are implanted into arteries to help them remain open. The process provides a new skeletal framework for the artery and strengthens its walls, supporting blood flow. Some stents even have drug-eluting properties to prevent blood clotting.
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