May 4th, 2012 → 1:06 am @ admin
The blood circulation in the body is extremely important as it is how all the different nutrients that we take in via food and then processed by the stomach are actually moved to all the different parts of the body. The heart is responsible for moving the blood around. Obviously it is extremely important that the circulation be health or parts of the body will not be supplied with the nutrients that are needed, nor will waste products be removed from them which are another important function of the circulation system. There are many conditions that can affect the circulation systems. Heart disease and heart attacks are probably the most commonly known ailments. With any disease that affects the heart, and then there is going to be a problem with circulation as the heart will lose some of its ability to pump the blood.
One less well known ailment is a condition known as peripheral vascular disease (or poor circulation). This occurs when there is a problem with the circulation in the arms and legs. More often than not, the legs are much more commonly affected. The most common cause of peripheral vascular disease is atherosclerosis or a hardening of the arteries. There are many risk factors for this such as a lack of exercise, too much cholesterol in the diet, have other conditions such as diabetes and a poor family history of the condition. If the condition exists the legs are often cold due to the lack of blood flow, there will be no pulses felt and the skin often becomes fragile. The biggest problem with poor circulation in the lower limb is that any time a cut or sore develops, there may not enough nutrients available for the healing to take place and fight any infection from developing. This can have potentially very serious consequences for those with this condition.
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