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A 59-year-old male asked:

Post dvt compression stockings do i need to wear 24 hrs?

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Dr. George Mathew
Cardiology 59 years experience
No: You don't have to wear 24 hrs.You may take it out before going to bed.Whenever you are inactive such as traveling , or convalescing , please wear it all the time!
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 43 years experience
Agree: Stockings are only needed during activity and especially with air plane travel which carries a risk of dot in anybody. The need for compression hose post DVT is to help the valves in the vein work more efficiently, which will work to break down clot easier.
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 48 years experience
Controversial: The role of compression stockings is to help to squeeze the calf veins to improve the venous return of blood to the heart and prevent venous stasis. When ambulating, the calf muscle pump does this. When recumbent, the calf muscle pump is not working. I, therefore, feel that compression hose should be worn while sleeping to improve the venous return. A lesser compression could be used at night.
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Last updated May 26, 2018

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