Research through several health and medical websites details what a doctor will consider before determining the underlying cause for poor circulation.
Poor circulation occurs with a range of conditions. Before making a diagnosis, a doctor will consider a person’s:
- risk factors
- any related conditions
- family medical history
- the results of a physical examination
The doctor will then order tests, which may include:
- blood sugar testing for diabetes
- blood tests to detect inflammatory conditions
- ultrasound or CT imaging to examine the blood vessels and check for clots
- an ankle-brachial index to check for PAD
Treatment for poor circulation will depend on the underlying cause. The following lifestyle changes can also help:
- quitting smoking
- losing weight
- eating a healthful diet
Wearing compression stockings can help to manage pain and swelling in legs. Compression stockings are available for purchase online.
Some people also benefit from attending exercise programs designed to improve circulation.
Conditions that cause poor circulation are easier to treat when a doctor detects them early.
If a person does not receive treatment, they may develop life-threatening complications, including blood clots and infected skin ulcers. Some people require amputation.
It is essential to report symptoms of poor circulation to a doctor, to receive appropriate treatment, and to maintain a healthful lifestyle.
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