There are millions of people around the globe taking treatment for bad circulation, and there are many others who suffer from bad circulation, but not aware of that. Most people ignore the symptoms or take it lightly and hence fail to diagnose it in time. When the person dies all of a sudden, then only others realize that he/she was suffering from bad circulation. This is why bad circulation is sometimes referred to as a silent killer.
Bad circulation, in medical terminology Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), is a medical condition that is somewhat similar to carotid artery disease and coronary artery disease. Bad circulation is caused when fatty deposits are accumulated in the inner linings of the artery wall. This accumulation results in the blockage of blood circulation. Bad circulation in arteries leads to the kidneys, arms, hands, legs, and feet. Most people who suffer from bad circulation may have fatty deposits in the arteries of the brain and heart. This can cause the death of the patient from heart attack and stroke.
Bad circulation is considered a serious condition and can result in heart attacks, loss of limbs, stroke, and in many cases even death. However if found in the early stages, bad circulation may be prevented or treated in the early stages with meditation, drug treatment, surgery, lifestyle changes, or mostly a combination of all these treatments.
Some of the main symptoms of bad circulation are legs and/or feet falling to sleep; cramping of the buttocks, legs, or feet; pain in the legs; swelling of the legs; tired aching feet; and very low temperature in your hands, arms, legs, or feet. If you feel that you have some or most of the symptoms then you may have been suffering from bad circulation. It is better to visit your family doctor and take a complete check-up. Bad circulation can be diagnosed by a physical examination, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging angiography (MRA), and X-ray angiography.
Some lifestyle changes which can help you to lower your risk include controlling diabetes, quit smoking, controlling blood pressure, and consuming a low cholesterol diet. Bad circulation can be prevented to some extend by taking a healthy fat-free diet and regular exercise.