A blood circulation disorder is any type of disorder that prevents blood from travelling to the different parts of the body correctly. It can result from the arteries getting clogged up with plaque, thereby leaving a thinner passage way; it can result from problems with the heart; it can result from problems with the blood itself. Whatever the cause, the net result is that the blood and oxygen are not going where they should in the right speed and quantity.
People who suffer from diabetes, kidney problems or hypertension are particularly prone to circulation problems. Smoking and prolonged exposure to the cold also bring increased risk of blood circulation problems.
Some of the most common causes of blood circulation have been categorised by the medical profession as Raynaud’s phenomenon (where the arteries in the fingers go into spasm), Aneurisms (isolated weaknesses of blood vessel walls), Vascular malformations (where veins and arteries do not connect normally), and Trauma (such as from a cut).
Consequences of Blood Circulation Disorder can vary from the appearance of varicose veins, to a swelling of the feet.
Other Symptoms include an intolerance to cold, ulcers that refuse to heal, numbness of the fingertips, change of colour of fingertips, and pain.