Heart Valve Diseases: Valves of the heart ensure that the blood flows in one direction. Having a valve problem can mean the blood may regurgitate or flow backward or that the valve doesn’t allow enough blood to pass through. An example of heart valve disease is mitral valve regurgitation where the mitral valve in the left chamber doesn’t close completely, allowing blood to flow backward.
Vasculitis: Just like how other parts of the body can get inflamed, the blood vessels can suffer from inflammation, too. Vasculitis can happen due to an overactive immune system, and it can make the vessels narrower or weaker, or lead to an aneurysm. Many people with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune condition, may develop vasculitis, too⁹.
Stroke: Stroke, which can happen due to bleeding and blood clots in the brain, is also a circulatory system disease.
Do You Have Poor Circulation?⁷
Some cardiovascular diseases manifest as symptoms of poor circulation, such as:
- Muscles that hurt or feel weak
- Pins and needles
- Cyanosis or bluish discoloration of the nails, lips, and skin.
- Bulging veins
- Cold fingers and toes
Of course, let’s not forget the common symptoms of cardiovascular disease, like:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Getting easily fatigued
- Severe headache
- Loss of consciousness
- Abdominal pain
If you have these symptoms, please get in touch with your doctor right away. If you have chest pain, please go to the hospital as soon as possible to rule out emergency conditions, such as heart attack.
The circulatory system or cardiovascular system is responsible for the delivery of blood (and therefore, oxygen and nutrients) throughout the body. It also collects waste to be excreted. As it consists of the heart and blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries), a problem with any of them can be considered a circulatory system problem.
Learn more about Heart Health here.