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Can You Reverse Poor Circulation
You can slow it down: We start to develop atherosclerosis in our 30's and generally it progresses as we age. People who have a family history of heart disease or stroke are more susceptible. You can slow down the progression of this disease by watching your cholesterol, keeping your blood pressure in check, attaining your ideal body weight and quitting smoking. Regular exercise, stress management and good eating helps! Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: What are the symptoms of poor circulation? Pain on walking. Shortness of breath, generalized tiredness? It can be a heart problem, a blocked artery in the leg, poor nutrition, or abnormalities in the blood. This calls for a complete physical examination followed by appropriate diagnostic tests as determined by the symptoms and physical examination. Read more
Leg pain walking: Poor circulation to the legs has symptoms of calf pain on walking, relieved by stopping&resting. Poor circulation to the arms has symptoms of arm pain on using the arms. Physical exam will show absent pulses in the leg or arm displaying the pain with use. Vascular lab studies can confirm a diagnosis and xrays of the circulation can further support the diagnosis. Read more
No pulses: Generally, you can feel pulses in the wrist and foot on the up surface of the ankle. If you have pulses in your extremities, you do not have poor circulation. If you don't have pulses, you may have poor circulation, but whether something should be done about it depends on whether you are having other problems. Read more
Numbness, pain, etc.: Many times, there are no symptoms at first. As this progresseses, one may notice numbness, and tingling in an extremity, and might need to dangle it over a chair or the side of a bed if it is a leg. If one walks, things like claudication or pain in the calves might occur which is relieved by rest. Ultimately, it gets to where pain occurs at rest, and later the limb can become ischemic, etc. Read more
That depends: There are several medications that are helpful for a variety of reasons. Cilostazol can help but has potential issues or patients who should not use this drug. Platelet medications like Aspirin and Plavix (clopidogrel) can also be beneficial as can statin cholesterol medications and b blocker medicines for blood pressure control. Any and all medications should only be starte after thorough exam by your md. Read more
Ankle Brachial Index: When interpreted by an experienced physician, the ankle brachial index (abi) along with toe pressures and arterial waveforms is the best noninvasive indicator of poor circulation. In fact, decreased abi is a predictor of death, heart attack, and stroke and is a good way to identify people with vascular disease who may benefit from lifestyle change and medical treatment. See your doctor. Read more
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