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Compression Stockings Make Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
Swelling and tingling in both legs blood pressure is normal, EKG normal taking water pills and wore compression stockings no improvement?
Vexing.: Assuming this is idiopathic edema (no heart failure, no liver failure, no significant protein in urine, and no significant impedance to venous return) the treatment is salt restriction - 2 g/day, elevation, compression and possibly diuretics. There is no quick fix. Make sure you are not taking meds which can make this worse - calcium channel blockers and non steroidals. ...Read more
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
For hypovolemic POTS, would compression stockings ultimately exacerbate the problem, since more blood will be shuttled to kidneys to filter out?
That is not really: The way it works although I understand why you might think it. Compression stockings will have no direct effect on your volume status but will help you to avoid instantaneous pooling in your lower extremities when standing and thereby hypotensive syncope or tachycardia. ...Read more
Swelling and pain: Compression garments can help to relieve symptoms of heaviness or swelling or edema. They can help in cases of varicose veins or if you are standing for long periods. Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg usually in the calf and can be associated with minimal symptoms usually swelling and crampy pains. ...Read more
(superficial blood clot). When I go swimming do I have to wear compression stockings in the pool? If not needed how long the period without?
NO: While compressions stockings help in the prevention of vein blood clots, their use typically does not hide or mask the signs and symptoms of a leg blood clots. But unfortunately many people with blood clots do not have any symptoms in their legs to let them know that the clot is there. Sometime a pulmonary embolus occurs to the lungs without any warning, even though the clot began in the leg. ...Read more
How do compression stockings prevent and help to prevent blood clots? I have a desk job and thinking of getting a few pairs.
They R best if --: --custom fit like jobst stocking. They compress the veins so there is no stasis. When U walk around, Ur muscles push the venous blood upward 2 the heart. If U have compression sox, it prevent pooling of blood & even tho U have a sit down job, the few times U get up & move around take the long route so U also get the benefit of muscle contracture. ...Read more
WHY/HOW can you still get a DVT/PE during/after surgery even after compression stockings, massage boots and blood thinners? How is this possible?
Stuff happens: Most of the time in life, we are lucky and bad things don't happen to us after we take the proper precautions. But, the world is not a perfect place. Stuff happens sometimes. Should we stay at home and never go out to try things? No! We look at the risks and the benefits, and then go out and live life. Look both ways, have faith, and then cross the street... you'll ALMOST never get run over. ...Read more
Is it dangerous to wear compression stockings if a chf, patient has some edema, fluid on lungs, and disolving blood clots in the lungs?
Stockings: The situations you have listed are the very situations for which stockings are recommended. ...Read more
Can a surgeon remove a blood clot in a varicose vein if it is found by ulrasound testing? What happens besides compression stockings and thinners?
Can be: It can be done, and that procedure is called thrombectomy or embolectomy. However, in the veins of the calf or upper legs, blood thinners are more standard of care treatment once diagnosis made. Compression stockings can help prevent, although best prevention is use of muscles by regular exercise and activity. Blood thinning prevents clot growth and the body will break it down (fibrinolysis). ...Read more
Today I'm trying compression stockings for pitting edema. But when I put them on I feel pressure in my face and head, why? -dvt, -chf, -ckd, +hbp, +dm
Compression: The hose are likely working pushing fluid into the venous system and the central venous pressure increase is being felt in your face. ...Read more
Is it ok to wear compression shorts all day? It helps keep my blood pressure up, or can it be dangerous, I take them off at night
Depends on you: An erection relies on blood flow and pressure, thus all blood pressure medications can in theory cause ed. However, the beta blocker family has been the most notorious for causing these issues, but it is also one of the classes of pressure medications which contributes to the health of the heart. Even within the class, there are variations. Talk to your physician about your concerns to try options. ...Read more
More info needed:
It depends if you mean systolic pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, or pulse pressure.
Also, underlying heart function, medical conditions, and medication regimen are important to assess a typical pre-exercise BP range. ...Read more
High blood pressure: High blood pressure, or hypertension, is most commonly idiopathic (no good reason). Obesity, family history, excessive salt intake, stress and kidney problems can be contributors. Recommendations for normal blood pressure get lower all the time - see your doctor for advice on what might be normal for you. ...Read more
Multiple causes: There are many causes of high BP. Aging and hardening of arteries are the most common causes. Very few have cure. The treatments can be directed to the specific causes, if known. However, essential hypertension is one when the cause is unknown. Most high BP can be controlled but not cured by behavioral treatment, lifestyle modification, diet, exercise, weight loss and medication. ...Read more
Genes, aldosterone,: From 15-35% of hypertension results from secondary causes (excess hormones, abnormal blood vessels). This is more likely to be the case in a young person, especially if no family history of high blood pressure. If your BP is verified as high, secondary causes should be evaluated, and if ruled out, treated with lifestyle changes and if necessary, medicines. ...Read more
My blood pressure is around 100/40 Today its always mostly around 80's/50's I am 22yr old female. Is it low?
Depends: If you are not having other symptoms like elevated heart rate, dizziness, excessive fatigue - this may be your normal blood pressure. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water. Also, if you are on any medications review their pamphlet for a list of side effects to make sure it's not related to that. ...Read more
Whenever I check my blood pressure it ranges from 110/50 to the 130's/80's is this a large fluctuation or is it normal?
BP fluctuation: Yes. It is normal fluctuation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: If you checked this pressure twice, once on each arm and this is the reading, then go to er asap. 110 diastolic at your age is hypertensive urgency/emergency. You could develop a stroke or heart attack. ...Read more
OK for now: Many things affect blood pressure including diet, weight, exercise, anxiety, stress, and other diseases. It's never too early to work on a healthy lifestyle to keep your blood pressure low. What is considered OK today may be considered too high tomorrow! Diet, exercise and stress reduction. No smoking. ...Read more
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