5 Causes of Poor Blood Circulation

5 Causes of Poor Blood Circulation

Blood circulates throughout the body to provide essential oxygen and nutrients to different organs and tissues. If this system is interrupted in any way, patients may experience increased pain, numbness in the limbs, the death of tissues (necrosis), or nerve damage. Although poor blood circulation isn’t a condition, it is undoubtedly the result of serious health issues or disorders. The vein experts at Palm Vein Center in the West Valley explain five possible causes of poor blood circulation.

Smoking and Alcohol Abuse

The toxic chemicals inhaled while smoking do a number on your body and constrict blood flow to your heart and brain. Additionally, nicotine and carbon monoxide from cigarettes break down a layer of your blood vessels that are pertinent for a smooth blood flow. When this happens, fats and plaque begin to stick to vessel walls causing poor circulation. Alcohol abuse creates similar problems because it prevents the endothelium and smooth muscle from controlling blood flow.

Poor Nutrition

When your body is deprived of the vitamins and minerals it needs to survive, it begins to shut down. In regards to poor circulation, not consuming certain vitamins and minerals makes blood vessels fragile and inefficient, which may inhibit blood flow. Not eating a well-balanced diet increases the risk of veins and arteries becoming inefficient from toxic plaque buildup. Therefore, it's important you make a conscious effort to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and oily fish to get heart and vein-healthy antioxidants.


Atherosclerosis is a condition that usually develops after prolonged poor eating, drinking and other negative lifestyle habits. This condition is usually the number one indicator of poor blood circulation because it develops when the veins and arteries become clogged with cholesterol plaque; again, making veins and arteries fragile and less likely to prevent serious health problems such as coronary heart disease, which may lead to heart attack or stroke. Exercising regularly, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy diet (sound familiar?) and controlling your blood pressure can help prevent atherosclerosis.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins may also cause poor blood circulation because they cannot move blood as effortlessly as healthy veins. If you suffer from varicose veins, you’re probably well aware incompetent vein valves, which cause your blood to flow backward, cause this condition. As a result, your veins begin to appear engorged and ropey, and your legs may start to feel heavy, numb or fatigued. Seeking treatment for your varicose veins at Palm Vein Center in Surprise, Arizona, may help restore your blood flow and circulation.

Blood Clots

Blood clots may develop anywhere in the body and partially or completely block your blood from flowing properly through your veins. Symptoms of a blood clot typically include numbness, tingling, and poor circulation in the arms or legs. Patients should see their vein specialist at Palm Vein Center immediately if they believe they have a blood clot because these clots can be very dangerous, even deadly.

There are other causes of poor blood circulation that may be treated using Palm Vein Center’s state-of-the-art equipment. If you are experiencing numbness, tingling, pain or skin discoloration in the limbs, call the team at Palm Vein Center today to schedule an appointment!


  • There are different causes of poor blood circulation; some of these causes can be prevented while others cannot.
  • Proper blood circulation is vital for normal bodily functions, which is why patients should pay special attention to what may or may not be causing their poor circulation.
  • The team at Palm Vein Center in Surprise, Arizona, explains five causes of poor blood circulation.

Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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