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16/Jan/2018

By delivering the blood around the body to the heart, veins are a crucial part of our circulatory system and healthy veins are important for maintaining optimum health and wellbeing. A balanced diet that includes certain vitamins and minerals helps keep the veins healthy. But which vitamins are most effective in improving and maintaining the condition of our veins?

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps the blood to flow through the veins without obstruction and is an effective vitamin for the prevention of blood clumping together and clots forming in the veins.

Vitamin E supplements can be taken to boost levels of this vital mineral. As can eating Vitamin E-rich food, such as green leafy vegetable, nuts and eggs.

Vitamin B

By helping to balance cholesterol levels, vitamin B is another important mineral for promoting vein health. B vitamins, including riboflavin, thiamine, folic acid, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid and biotin, strengthen blood vessels and are associated with helping to treat and prevent unwanted vascular conditions such as varicose veins.

Foods with high levels of the B vitamins include, bananas, lentils, potatoes, beans, many meat products, and unprocessed food, such as wheat and brown rice.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C builds elastin and collagen in the skin, which keeps the blood vessels and skin flexible and strong. These elastin and collagen fibres enables the veins to be less susceptible to pressure and help prevent valves from leaking.

Vitamin C can be found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, including oranges, tomatoes and broccoli.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is another important vitamin in the promotion of healthy veins. Inadequate levels of vitamin K has been attributed to the cause of varicose veins. It is believed that sufficient levels of vitamin K in the diet can help prevent vascular problems from arising, such as varicose veins.

Vitamin K is found naturally in certain food, such as green leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce and broccoli.

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your veins or about any vascular conditions like varicose veins, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, specialists in promoting and maintaining optimum vein health.


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A vascular malformation is a type of congenial growth that is present at birth or a birthmark, which is made up of veins, capillaries, arteries or lymphatic vessels. There is many different types of vascular malformations, which have different medical names, according to which blood vessel is principally affected.

Vascular malformations are typically present at birth and grow at proportionality with the child. These malformations do not tend to involute spontaneously but may become more pronounced and apparent as the child grows.

What causes vascular malformations

Most vascular malformations tend to occur by chance. That said, these malformations can also be inherited, caused by an autosomal dominant gene. There is a 50/50 risk during each pregnancy that the gene will be passed from the parent to the child.

Venous malformations are a type of slow-flow vascular malformation, which are caused by abnormalities when the veins were developing. Venous malformations can occur anywhere on the body and face. They often appear as red or light-blue stains or swellings on the skin.

It is not uncommon for some patients with venous malformations to have blood clotting within the malformation. While some, more severe venous malformations can cause pain and discomfort due to the swelling, most venous malformations are not life-threatening.

Vascular malformation treatment

Treatment for vascular malformation depends on the type of malformation that requires treating. If a patient is seeking treatment for a capillary malformation or a stain on the skin, laser therapy can be an effective form of treatment.

Embolization, whereby the flow of blood into the malformation is blocked through the injection of material close to the lesion, is often used to treat arterial malformations.

Lymphatic and venous malformations are typically treated by the injection of a sclerosing mediation, which causes the channels to clot. Surgical options are also available with certain vascular malformations.

If you have a vascular condition and would like help, advice and support, get in contact with Daryll Baker at the Vascular Consultancy. Daryll Baker is a UK leading specialist in providing advice, diagnosis and treatment options so patients can make informed decisions about suitable ways to treat vascular conditions.


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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.

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