The Complications of Poor Circulation Left Untreated

If left untreated, the complications of poor circulation are widespread and severe. Poor circulation, primarily a condition that affects the legs and feet, is usually caused by obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. The symptoms come on slowly, but can lead to serious medical complications over time, especially if steps are not taken to counter the condition before it worsens. Below, you will find several of the potential complications of poor circulation that can have a severe impact on your continued health.

Reduced Libido
Intimate function is highly dependent on the body’s ability to provide an adequate blood flow. This is particularly true with males. When the body is unable to provide enough blood, intimate ability begins to suffer. Over time, even the desire for intimate activity can fade.

Varicose Veins
Though most people consider them to be little more than a cosmetic problem, varicose veins are very common in people who suffer from poor leg circulation. While varicose veins by themselves are not a particularly threatening condition, people who have them are far more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, and persistent wounds on the lower legs that the body is unable to heal.

Persistent Wounds and Infections
Proper healing requires a healthy blood flow to the damaged area. When the body is unable to provide the wound with enough blood flow for the wound to be cleaned and repaired, the rate of healing can be vastly impaired, even stopped. This slow healing provides ample opportunity for all sorts of infections to set in.

When a wound worsens over time and becomes severely infected, as is the case with very advanced cases of untreated circulation problems, sometimes it becomes necessary to amputate the damaged area in order to protect the rest of the body from succumbing to the infection, as well as other problems. Poor circulation and diabetes are the two most common causes of lower leg amputation, and much can be done in both cases to prevent it from becoming necessary.

There are plenty of other, less common complications of poor circulation that you may end up experiencing if you do not bring your circulation problems under tight control. Luckily, there are quite a few different lifestyle modifications that you can make that will go a long way toward managing the condition. In some cases, there are also surgical options that will offer a more permanent solution.