Medically Reviewed by Gabor A. Winkler, MD
There are two important types of blood vessels in the body. Arteries take the oxygenated blood to the periphery from the heart. The other type is veins, which bring the blood back to the heart.
When we specifically talk about poor arterial circulation — also known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or atherosclerosis — we talk about blockages in the arteries that prevent blood from flowing to the legs.
To avoid these problems, start controlling the risk factors for poor circulation, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.
High cholesterol is the main risk factor that can be inherited. There are a lot of people who, despite watching their diet, have issues with high cholesterol.
At times, diabetes can also be inherited, but it is still extremely diet dependent. Healthy eating can prevent diabetes or even reverse a person’s diabetes, as long as an appropriate diet is maintained.
For most patients, smoking is very difficult to quit. Yet, if any of the PAD symptoms appear, you should take action, leading to cessation of smoking.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE
If you experience any symptoms of PAD, start by controlling the risk factors mentioned above and see a Vascular Specialist for testing and diagnosis.