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Vascular Surgery

how to enlarge my veins

10/27/2005

Question:

i have wnated to donate blood, and or plasma for some time, but nurses always tell me that i can not becasue i have small viens. is ther any way to enlager my viens? a vitamin of some sort? i am a non smoker, and i go to the gym regularly i dont understand. please give me any help you can. thank you.

Answer:

Unfortunately there is no specific medication or exercise designed to enlarge one's veins. There is no particular medical problem or danger to having small veins - it is just how you are made. Just as some people are shorter than others, so do some people have smaller vessels than others. I would instead recommend focusing your efforts on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercising and continuing to refrain from smoking. 

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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