Do you feel your circulation is not what it should be?
Have you experienced any of the symptoms below?
There are a several signs to look out for which can suggest that you may have poor circulation. These include:
- Cold feet and toes – not just in wintertime
- Cold hands and fingers
- Feeling numb in certain parts of the body, especially the extremities
- Feeling tired or having a lack of energy for much of the time
- Some hair loss can be because of bad blood flow
- Having regular dizzy spells
- If your skin gets dry even though you drink plenty of water
- Swelling and water retention, especially in the feet
- Lumps in blood vessels and varicose veins
- Cramps and pins and needles
- Blotches and blemishes in the skin
Some people will have none of these signs but may still be in the early stages of circulation changes.
At Family Doctor we offer a simple test to check for circulation problems.
This called Ankle-Brachial Index test (ABI). This test is done in the clinic to evaluate circulation in the legs. It begins by the nurse using specialist equipment to take blood pressures in the arms and at the ankles at the same time which then gives us a report of the blood flow in your legs. The exam takes about 10 minutes to perform and you will be asked to rest flat for this procedure.
The nurse will look at the skin on your legs and feet for colour changes, check skin temperature and the pulses in your legs and feet .
Your doctor will review your medical record to assess additional risk factors you may have for developing poor circulation, discuss the results of your ABI and if necessary order blood tests.
Poor circulation can have many unhappy repercussions for your body, especially your heart, brain and legs if left unchecked. If identified, early prevention and improvement is possible.