Circulatory Problems

Circulatory and Heart Conditions

Disorders with blood circulation can present in many different ways. These can include cold hands and feet, varicose veins or piles; through to the more serious such as heart disease, stroke or severe leg pain.

For some the early indicator may be hypertension (high blood pressure) or it may be erectile dysfunction (impotence). However, there are a wide range of disorders which can relate either directly or indirectly to circulatory health. These can include restless legs syndrome, chilblains, Raynaud’s disease and phlebitis.

Raised cholesterol levels are another important factor in circulatory or heart disease. The formation of fatty plaques can narrow arteries and reduce or block blood flow resulting in a heart attack (the coronary arteries), a stroke or mini-stroke (the carotid arteries) or intermittent claudication (the arteries of the leg). Blockages can also occur if the blood clots too easily; hence the travel advice given to prevent deep vein thrombosis.

An early indicator of a blood disorder may be anaemia. There are several causes of this including bleeding – due to the menstrual cycle, piles or hidden blood loss, perhaps due to a cancer; or a failure of the body to make the right balance of blood cells.

Although serious conditions may require a doctor’s input, many problems can be avoided or managed by taking steps to ensure a healthy lifestyle.


Traditional Treatments for Circulatory and Heart Conditions