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A 33-year-old female asked:

How effective are compression stockings at preventing dvt? is there a chance that blood would just pool in the thighs instead of in the calves?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Schmidt
A Verified Doctoranswered
55 years experience
Thigh high: Actually Amanda there are thigh hi compression stockings to prevent that. but for DVT talk to your doctor about anticoagulants. DVTs can cause bad things. Also BCP pills can make them worse. good luck
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Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Fairly good: Thigh-high stockings are best but not every person will wear them. Calf (knee) height are good at preventing the venous reflux and stasis that leads to clotting. They can also prevent the veins from becoming varicose in later life so if you stand all day at your job, stockings are are good for keeping your legs looking good.
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Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Studies are lacking: on the effect of compression stockings on DVT risk, particularly in healthy patients with or without varicose veins. We tend to recommend them based on our understanding of venous stasis, but there are no solid statistics. Calf stockings won't cause pooling higher up unless thigh veins have already failed. Even then, in theory, higher is better because there's less hydrostatic pressure higher.
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Last updated Feb 27, 2017

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