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Signs & symptoms of blood circulation problems

Updated July 20, 2017

Poor circulation can be found in any part of the body, particularly the hands, feet and face. There are many causes of poor circulation, which include heart disorders, blood vessel disorders, anaemia and varicose veins. Most times the symptoms of circulatory problems are localised to the area where there is an insufficient amount of blood supply.

Blue or Pale Skin

Blood pooled in a particular part of the body may result in bluish-looking skin, because the blood can be seen through it. When specific areas of the body such as the hands and feet look blue for an extended period of time, it may indicate poor blood circulation to the area. Alternatively, localised areas of the skin that are pale in comparison to the rest of the body might also indicate a problem with blood circulation. A doctor should be consulted if either symptom is present.

Healing Interference

When experiencing poor blood circulation, cuts and other open wounds may take longer to heal. This means scabs can take longer to form and some wounds might need medical attention when it otherwise would not be necessary.

Tingling in Hands and Feet

Experiencing a tingling or pins and needles sensation in the hands and feet can be a symptom of circulatory problems, especially if the pain does not subside after stretching or moving around.

Vertebrobasilar Circulatory Disorder Symptoms

This occurs when blood does not properly flow to the back of the brain. Symptoms include having trouble walking or keeping balance, not being able to swallow easily, double vision, headaches and slurred speech.

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