Circulatory problems are often the result of a disorder such as hypertension
(high blood pressure), thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger's disease)
or Raynaud's phenomenon.
When plaque or fatty
deposits form along the walls of the the arteries, they become hard
and constricted. Hypertension or high blood pressure results as the
blood is required to exert greater force against the walls of the arteries
to be transported throughout the body. High blood pressure is an alarmingly
common condition in western society, and left untreated, can result
in heart attack, stroke and/or kidney damage.
also known as Buerger's disease, is most prevalent among people who
smoke. Although the most common area affected is the foot/lower leg,
the thigh, arm or hands can also be involved. Signs of this disorder
are the sensation of pins and needles, or burning in the fingers and/or
is a serious circulatory condition characterized by the narrowing and
spasmodic action of the blood vessels in the extremities such as the
nose, fingers and toes. Factors which contribute to this disorder are
stress, smoking and cold temperatures.
In addition to the
causes listed above, varicose veins, which are a result of depleted
elasticity in the walls of the veins, can also contribute to poor circulation.