How Circulation affects your health


Why is circulation important?

When we talk about circulation we are referring to the heart, blood vessels, and blood. Circulation is important as it is one of the many things that keep you alive. Your heart is an amazing organ as it continuously pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body to sustain life.  As the heart beats, it pumps blood through a system of blood vessels. The arterial vessels are elastic, muscular tubes that carry blood to every part of the body. Blood is essential. In addition to carrying fresh oxygen from the lungs and nutrients to your body's tissues, it also removes the body's waste products, including carbon dioxide from the tissues via the venous vessels. This system is necessary to sustain life and promote the health of all the body's tissues. This is what is referred to as your circulation.

Blood vessels are the body’s highways that allow blood to flow quickly and efficiently from the heart to every region of the body and back again. The size of blood vessels corresponds with the amount of blood that passes through the vessel.  Blood vessels are often named after either the region of the body through which they carry blood, or for nearby structures. For example, the brachiocephalic artery carries blood into the brachial (arm) and cephalic (head) regions. 

There are three main types of blood vessels:

  • Arteries
    They begin with the aorta, the large artery leaving the heart. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to all of the body's tissues. They branch several times, becoming smaller and smaller as they carry blood further from the heart and into the organs.

  • Capillaries
    These are small, thin blood vessels that connect the arteries and the veins. Their thin walls allow oxygen, nutrients, carbon dioxide, and other waste products to pass to, and from our organ's cells.

  • Veins
    These are blood vessels that take blood back to the heart. This blood has lower oxygen content and is rich in waste products that are to be excreted or removed from the body. Veins have valves to stop the back flow of blood against gravity. Veins become larger and larger as they get closer to the heart. The superior vena cava is the large vein that brings blood from the head and arms to the heart, and the inferior vena cava brings blood from the abdomen and legs into the heart.

What are the symptoms of poor circulation?

When the blood doesn’t circulate around your body very well, it usually means that there are other health issues going on. You may have just one health condition or you may have many. There are many health conditions that can be attributed to these type of symptoms, such as obesity, heart or kidney problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, and Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). Common symptoms can include:

  • numbness and tingling in the hands and feet

  • cold hands and feet

  • swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs

  • memory loss and difficulty concentrating

  • joint and muscle cramping

  • skin color changes

  • ulcers on the legs or feet

Improving your circulation

Some of the ways that you can improve your circulation, include:

  • stop smoking cigarettes

  • keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in a healthy range

  • move your body every day, and exercise regularly

  • avoid long periods of immobility

  • keep your skin in good condition

If you believe that you may have circulatory problems, you are best to speak to your local Doctor.

Do you think you might be suffering from poor circulation?

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