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The temperature in your hands is regulated by the blood that flows from your heart. When it’s cold outside, your body may redirect warm blood from your extremities to the core of your body to help keep your vital organs warm, sacrificing the warmth of your hands. However, it’s also not uncommon for your body to redirect blood from your hands even when it’s not cold outside.
But if your hands never seem to get warm, then there may be an underlying issue with your body’s blood circulation that should be evaluated.
There are many possible underlying causes that may affect the temperature in your hands. Some of the most common include:
Cold hands are one of the most common symptoms of Raynaud’s syndrome. This rare condition causes the blood vessels in your hands and feet to constrict when subjected to cold temperatures or stress. In addition to cold hands and feet, Raynaud’s syndrome may also cause your hands to look white or blue.
You may also develop cold hands if the blood vessels to your hand become blocked, referred to as vaso-occlusion.
Your specialist at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come in with complaints of cold hands. During your evaluation, your specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history and conducts a thorough physical exam. To further evaluate circulation, they may recommend various tests, such as a venous ultrasound or arterial duplex exam.
Treatment for your cold hands may depend on the underlying cause. Your specialist develops a personalized plan to help improve blood flow to your hands and decrease the cold sensation. Your treatment plan may include:
Your specialist at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic monitors your response to treatment and adjusts your plan as needed.
Cold hands can develop from many causes, including issues that affect circulation. For a comprehensive evaluation of your vascular system, contact North Atlanta Vascular Clinic today by phone or request an appointment online.