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how does support stocking help impre low blood pressure symptoms during exercise?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Support hose: Support hose improve return of blood from the leg veins to the central circulation and can help improve blood pressure. There is also a possible mild improvement in the blood pressure from the mild general vascular compression in the lower extremities.

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Why am I sometimes extremely dizzy after exercise? I work out frequently, eat well, drink more than 8x8 glasses of water a day.

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Can be other causes: Dizziness with exercise doesn't just happen with inadequate hydration. If a person is well hydrated, and still gets dizzy, her doctor can evaluate. Sometimes there are circulation problems, such as not enough blood flow to the brain under certain conditions or activities. There can be heart problems, or not enough red blood cells (anemia), etc...

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