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Are compression stockings enough to prevent a DVT when you fly?

Are compression stockings enough to prevent a DVT when you fly?

Yes Plus!: I advise patients to do several things when they fly or drive for greater than 2 hours. Wear knee length compression stockings 20-30mmhg. Get up and move around every 2-3h hours to exercise the calf muscles to increase the calf muscle pump and improve the venous return and i also advise taking a baby Aspirin the night before the trip and day of the trip so adequate levels are present. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep venous thrombosis is a clot within the deep veins of the leg. The blood clot causes pain and swelling of the calf. This is a concerning condition, because if the clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lung and become lodged there, blocking blood ...Read more


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Do compression stockings prevent DVT? So if you wear them does that mean you won't get DVT?

Nope: They do prevent DVT. However a thrombus/clot is a result of multiple factors, and a compression stocking can control (that too a degree) - one of them. There fore it cannot guarantee "that you won't get a dvt". But they do CUT down the risk of getting a DVT - so if your situation appropriates it, please do use it. I definitely ask my parents to use it while flying for long times. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Post DVT compression stockings do I need to wear 24 hrs?

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. ...Read more

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I have dvts in the back of the knee and in thigh - would knee high compression stockings be proper or thigh high?

I have dvts  in the back of the knee and in thigh - would knee high compression stockings be proper or thigh high?

Knee high OK: Drs. Halimah and wright are right, 30-40 mm hg compression stockings for two years is the goal. Studies have shown no additional benefit from wearing thigh high stockings over knee high though. Although stockings will help swelling and discomfort while you wear them, the real importance of wearing them is to prevent the development of post thrombotic symdrome after having a dvt. ...Read more

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Took 16 hour car trip. Stopped almost every hour/never went more than two hours without standing up. And wore compression stockings. Risk dvt/pe low?

Yes Long drives: have some risk , you did right precautions to prevent DVT it . At 27 you least risk than some one 72 old. If you are worried go and see your doctor , if suspicious will do non invasive ( Doppler ) study to see the integrity of your deep veins > ...Read more

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I wore compression stockings for the first time yesterday, thigh high ones and i woke up this morning with my left upper back thigh area hurting, DVT?

I wore compression stockings for the first time yesterday, thigh high ones and i woke up this morning with my left upper back thigh area hurting, DVT?

Unlikely: It's more likely that you have compression of your lateral femoral cutaneous nerve-this is a common problem with tight fitting garments. Risk factors for a DVT include recent surgery, cancer and a history of blood clots. Treat the discomfort with a heating pad and see a doctor if the pain does not abate. ...Read more

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After having a DVT where clot is behind knee, is it better to wear compression stockings below knee or above?

After having a DVT where clot is behind knee, is it better to wear compression stockings below knee or above?

Depends: Once a diagnosis has been made, and anticoagulants(blood thinners) have been started and the patient's condition is stable , the md may recommend ambulation (walking) and compression stockings to prevent other clots. The stockings are graduated in pressure starting at the ankle. The md most familiar with you current condition should be consulted on thigh high or knee high hose. ...Read more

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