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Poor Circulation

Heart Vascular and Leg Center -  - Vascular Specialist

Heart Vascular and Leg Center

Vascular Specialists & Cardiologists located in Bakersfield, CA

Your circulatory system is a network of arteries, capillaries, and veins that carries oxygen and nutrients to your organs and removes waste. Any change in the structure or function of your circulatory system may lead to poor circulation, which may affect your limbs and place you at risk of amputation. Board-certified cardiologist Vinod Kumar MD, FACC, and his team at Heart Vascular and Leg Center in Bakersfield, California, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of poor circulation to prevent limb damage and amputation. To schedule a consultation, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Poor Circulation Q & A

What causes poor circulation?

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There are many vein and vascular conditions that cause poor circulation. Some of the most common include:

Peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a type of atherosclerosis that affects the peripheral arteries, which supply blood to your limbs. 

Chronic venous insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition caused by faulty valves in your veins. The faulty veins allow blood to pool, causing the veins to enlarge. 

Varicose veins

Like CVI, varicose veins develop from weak or damaged valves that allow blood to pool, causing the vein to enlarge. Though considered more of a cosmetic issue, varicose veins affect circulation. 

What can I expect during a poor circulation consultation?

When you see the experts at Heart Vascular and Leg Center for a poor circulation consultation, you can expect a patient-focused evaluation. The team takes their time getting to know you to fully understand your concerns and provide the right testing and treatment. 

During your consultation, your specialist asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, family history, and the types of medications you take. They also ask about lifestyle habits, including diet, exercise, and smoking.

Your specialist then conducts a physical exam and may request advanced diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your poor circulation, which may include:

  • Vascular ultrasound
  • Angiography (X-ray that assesses blood flow after injection of a special dye)
  • CO2 Angiography (Advanced X-ray that evaluates blood flow with carbon dioxide)
  • Blood tests

Heart Vascular and Leg Center offers the most advanced technology in the country to provide the answers you need quickly. 

How is poor circulation treated?

The team at Heart Vascular and Leg Center develops individualized treatment plans for poor circulation based on the underlying cause and severity. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Use of compression stockings
  • Weight loss
  • Disease-specific medication

Heart Vascular and Leg Center also specializes in minimally invasive, outpatient procedures for poor circulation, improving blood flow, and preventing tissue damage and limb amputation.

Some of the procedures used to improve poor circulation include placement of stents, angioplasty, laser atherectomy, and bypass surgery. 

Heart Vascular and Leg Center provides the most advanced treatments and therapies available to improve poor circulation and prevent health complications like limb amputation. Contact the office by phone or schedule an evaluation online today.