Compression Stockings And DVT

February 14, 2016 - Comment

Before getting into how compression stockings and DVT are a good fit. (Get It) Let’s have a look at some facts and statistics. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs mostly in the leg and is the formation of a blood clot (aka thrombus) in a deep vein. Usually the symptoms would include pain, swelling, redness and

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Before getting into how compression stockings and DVT are a good fit. (Get It) Let’s have a look at some facts and statistics.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs mostly in the leg and is the formation of a blood clot (aka thrombus) in a deep vein. Usually the symptoms would include pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the area of occurrence. DVT can be a serious medical issue due to the (small) possibility of a pulmonary embolism complications.

What Are The Causes Of DVT?

  • One of the main causes is inactivity for a prolonged period of time. The risk of clots forming is due to the accumulation of blood in the legs. When the body is active the blood flows and doesn’t stay in one place long enough to clot.
  • The chances increase if a person is bedridden, disabled or seated during a long journey. This is one of the reasons why compression socks and stockings have become so popular for long distance travellers. The graduated compression forces the blood to flow up from the legs to the heart.
  • Pregnancy can be a cause of DVT. Pressure of the fetus against the veins in the pelvis and legs is the reason. More and more women are controlling swelling in the legs during pregnancy with compression products.
  • DVT can also be the result of surgery, genetics and traumatic injuries that have damaged the veins.
  • Smoking and obesity are also listed as factors that could cause DVT. Smoking damages circulation and being overweight puts extra pressure on the veins in the pelvis and legs. Not to mention the fact that the circulatory system needs to work overtime in those experiencing obesity.

The following are some warning signs that you may need to see a doctor. These are signs of pulmonary embolism which can result from an undetected deep vein clot. Up to half of people with DVT don’t even know it because there were no symptoms.

  • If you have a sudden onset of unexplained shortness of breath
  • If you are coughing up blood
  • If you have a rapid pulse,feel faint, lightheaded or dizzy

Compression Stockings And DVT

Obviously, if you have suffered a blood clot or any medical condition, you should consult with your doctor before using compression stockings or starting any form of treatment.

Compression stockings may be used following DVT and post-thrombotic syndrome to improve the symptoms of pain and swelling. They will help to make your legs feel better and because of their graduated design they will keep the fluid moving up the leg and prevent pooling in the ankle, leg and calf.

The level of compression is measured in mmHg and for DVT a “grade 2” level of between 30 and 40 mmHg pressure is usually recommended. The stockings come in different lengths and the right choice will depend on how far up the leg the swelling exists.

Usually a compression stocking can be worn about a week following a DVT when the swelling goes down a little. They should be worn everyday until there is no more swelling. You might just like how good they make your legs feel and you can switch to a less pressure sock for everyday use.

Stockings should be put on first thing in the morning before the swelling increases. There is an art to putting them on, I found that out when I started wearing compression tights for running. There are usually instructions on the packaging to make it easier.

Compression socks, stockings, gloves and other products have become very mainstream in recent years. As I mentioned earlier, I wear them for running, but also day to day to keep my legs from becoming fatigued.

If you have a job that requires a lot of standing such as nursing or serving, they come in real handy. For travel, sport and day to day, the mmHg compression level can be lower than that needed for DVT. Socks come in levels that start around 8mmHg right up to 50 for medical purposes.

Once again, if you have a medical condition, please consult a medical professional for advice. If you don’t have a medical condition and you just want your legs to feel great. Get some socks. You’ll love them and wonder how you ever got along without them. 

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