Poor Circulation Specialist

Dmitry Gorelik, MD -  - Board Certified Cardiologist

Heart and Vein Center

Dmitry Gorelik, MD

Board Certified Cardiologist located in Union, NJ

Many people don’t realize that leg pain is one of the earliest signs of poor circulation caused by vascular disease. Board-certified cardiologist and vascular specialist Dmitry Gorelik, MD, in West Orange, New Jersey, has extensive experience diagnosing the cause of poor circulation and developing customized treatment plans to restore normal circulation. The team at Dr. Dmitry Gorelik encourages you to seek help at the first sign of poor circulation. Don’t wait – call the office or book an appointment online today.

Poor Circulation Q & A

What causes poor circulation in my legs?

Two conditions that limit normal leg circulation include:

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

PAD begins when cholesterol builds up in the artery walls, a condition called atherosclerosis. As the fatty plaque keeps enlarging, blood flow is increasingly blocked. 

As a result, muscles, skin, and other tissues don’t get the oxygen-rich blood they need. Untreated PAD leads to complications like ulcers and, in the worst case, tissue death and gangrene.

Venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency occurs when one or more valves in a leg vein fail. These one-way valves normally keep blood flowing up your leg and back to your heart. When a valve weakens, blood flows back down the leg and accumulates in the vein, which is called venous insufficiency.

Venous insufficiency causes varicose veins. It also raises the blood pressure in your lower leg veins. High venous pressure leads to problems like venous ulcers and a rash called stasis dermatitis.

What symptoms develop if I have poor circulation?

Poor circulation causes symptoms such as:

  • Leg pain and cramping
  • Leg swelling
  • Heavy-feeling legs
  • Discolored and thickened skin
  • Restless legs
  • Limited mobility due to pain
  • Tingling or numbness in your feet
  • Eczema-like rashes
  • Open wounds (ulcers)

The ulcers that develop due to poor circulation don’t heal on their own. They keep getting larger and can cause skin and bone infections if you don’t get medical care.

How is poor circulation treated?

The treatment you receive is based on the underlying cause and the extent of the problem.

PAD treatment

If PAD is diagnosed early, lifestyle changes and medications to treat high cholesterol or high blood pressure may prevent the problem from worsening.

Once blood flow is significantly blocked, Dr. Gorelik performs minimally invasive procedures to remove the blockage and restore normal circulation. The most common procedures include balloon angioplasty, atherectomy, and stenting.

Venous insufficiency

Dr. Gorelik uses the same treatments for venous insufficiency as those used to get rid of varicose veins. When the veins are eliminated, the faulty valves also go away. Then your body naturally restores normal circulation by rerouting the flow of blood through healthy veins.

Dr. Gorelik recommends one of the following treatments:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • VenaSeal™
  • ClosureFast™ radiofrequency ablation
  • Endovenous laser ablation
  • Ambulatory phlebotomy
  • Varicose vein surgery

To get exceptional care for poor circulation, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik or book an appointment online today.