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Leg Circulation

Northwest Houston Heart Center

Cardiology located in Tomball, TX & Cypress, TX

Gravity makes circulation in the legs a bit challenging, increasing the risk of circulation problems. At Northwest Houston Heart Center in Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia, and The Woodlands, Texas, Adnan Aslam, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Roy Normal, DO, and the cardiology team specialize in diagnosing and treating leg circulation problems. The state-of-the-art practice uses the most advanced tools and techniques so you get the best outcomes. Call the office nearest you today or request an appointment online.

Leg Circulation Q&A

What should I know about leg circulation?

Leg circulation is the movement of blood to and from the legs. Peripheral arteries deliver oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the tissues in the legs, while veins pump oxygen-poor blood back to the heart and lungs. 

When the arteries and veins in the legs are healthy, the tissues and cells get what they need to function properly.

What problems affect leg circulation?

Health issues that affect leg circulation may damage the tissues and cells in the lower extremities, leading to other health problems. Leg circulation problems include:

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

PAD is narrowing or blockages in the peripheral arteries, limiting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the legs. The narrowing usually occurs from a buildup of plaque, a condition called atherosclerosis.

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)

CVI is a condition in which the veins in the legs cannot move oxygen-poor blood back to the heart because of damage to the valves or walls of the veins. 

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are enlarged superficial veins and are a common symptom of CVI.  

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep leg vein. 

Anyone can develop a leg circulation problem, but it’s more common in people over 40 or with health conditions like diabetes.

When should I see a cardiologist about leg circulation?

You should schedule a consultation at Northwest Houston Heart Center if you have concerns about a leg circulation problem. Signs and symptoms you may have circulation problems include:

  • Leg pain
  • Swollen legs
  • Restless legs
  • Spider veins or varicose veins
  • Leg wounds that don’t heal
  • Decrease in hair or toenail growth

Northwest Houston Heart Center offers free vein screening and vascular exams. 

What can I do to improve leg circulation?

Getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a balanced diet are some things you can do now to improve leg circulation. 

If you have a leg circulation problem, the specialists at Northwest Houston Heart Center may recommend additional interventions such as:

  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Taking artery-relaxing medication or blood thinners
  • Having an endovascular procedure

Problems with leg circulation are common and often co-occur with other cardiovascular diseases like coronary artery disease (CAD). 

Call Northwest Houston Heart Center today or request your free vascular screening using the online appointment button.