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What Cold Hands and Feet Reveal About Blood Pressure

By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 04:37 PM

Cold hands and feet may just be a reaction to cold, or they could indicate underlying problems that involve blood pressure. Poor circulation could be the result of both high and low blood pressure and cause the coldness some people may experience.

A number of other health problems could cause cold hands and feet, including anemia, diabetes, thyroid disease, and other disorders, according to HealthStatus.

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Cold fingers and toes may indicate poor circulation and low blood pressure, but are often very common. However, fainting, dehydration, fatigue, or excessively pale skin from low blood pressure require consulting with a doctor.

Low blood pressure may be normal for some people. Symptoms might include lightheadedness when changing from a sitting or lying position. Severe reactions include loss of consciousness, shock or stroke.

Cold, clammy skin is among the symptoms of low blood pressure along with nausea, blurred vision, shallow breathing, and depression, according to the Mayo Clinic. Low blood pressure may suggest an underlying problem, but there is often no need for treatment if there are no symptoms.

Women with high blood pressure or low blood pressure may experience cold hands and feet, obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Marcelle Pick writes at Women to Women.

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High blood pressure puts stress on the blood vessels that can interfere with blood flow, clogging the arteries and even leading to heart disease. The inflamed or blocked arteries cause poor circulation. Cold hands and feet may result.

Other possible symptoms of high blood pressure include palpitations, headaches, and fatigue, although high blood pressure often has no symptoms and is routinely found through doctor’s exams.

Cold, clammy hands are also a symptom of stress, according to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist. The symptom, also called total peripheral resistance, is usually nothing to worry about. It can happen to people who just get nervous once in a while.

However, constant stress in which the symptoms of cold hands continue could damage the cardiovascular system over time and increase blood pressure.

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