Stroke and DVT

Stroke_and_DVT_vein_blog_June09.jpg More reports and discussion has been stirring in the news about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and stroke patients. Recent studies had said that compression socks do not aid in preventing DVT from stroke victims. Generally post-stroke patients are struggling with blood circulation and physicians worry about clotting which is why it was assumed compression stockings which aid in both factors would greatly help. Compression stockings are quite popular forms of prevention of DVT especially during long-haul flights. The ABC said, "Researchers believe the lack of benefit might be due to poor compliance and fit, as well as stroke patients being older, sicker and immobile for longer than surgical patients. They noted that two-thirds of stroke patients cannot walk when hospitalised and 10% to 20% of those patients will develop a blood clot in their legs, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT)." Vascular surgeons still promote the use of compression stockings, in fact urge high risk patients (smokers, diabetics and those with family history) to wear them during flights and even regularly to keep their blood flowing properly through their veins without clotting.
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