Why are compression stockings contraindicated for swelling caused by heart failure or pulmonary edema?

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Americas Vein Centers - Southborough

Published on Jul 24, 2013

Compression stockings increase the blood that returns to the heart, which will progress the heart failure.

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Answered by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough

Compression stockings increase the blood that returns to the heart, which will progress the heart failure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Arizona Vein Specialists

Published on Jul 23, 2013

It is possible that the compression stockings will force fluid back towards the already overloaded heart.

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Answered by Arizona Vein Specialists

It is possible that the compression stockings will force fluid back towards the already overloaded heart.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Jul 23, 2013

Not contraindicated.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Not contraindicated.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute

Published on Jul 23, 2013

The compression stockings do not treat the underlying problem, and in some cases the shortness of breath can be made worse by mobilizing the fluid from the legs to the circulation.

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Answered by Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute

The compression stockings do not treat the underlying problem, and in some cases the shortness of breath can be made worse by mobilizing the fluid from the legs to the circulation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jul 23, 2013

Compression stockings are not contraindicated in these cases. They are beneficial and should be applied first thing in the morning.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Compression stockings are not contraindicated in these cases. They are beneficial and should be applied first thing in the morning.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Clinic of North Carolina

Published on Jul 22, 2013

Your question is confusing. Do you mean "not contracted"?

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Answered by Vein Clinic of North Carolina

Your question is confusing. Do you mean "not contracted"?

Published on Jul 11, 2012


General Vascular Surgery Group

Published on Jul 22, 2013

Compression stockings are not always contradicted in these cases. Sometimes the worry is that "recruiting" extra fluid into the vascular space suddenly can worsen the pulmonary edema.

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Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

Compression stockings are not always contradicted in these cases. Sometimes the worry is that "recruiting" extra fluid into the vascular space suddenly can worsen the pulmonary edema.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Laser Vein Center

Published on Jul 22, 2013

Compression stockings are not contraindicated for swelling caused by heart failure or pulmonary edema. The only medical condition that may limit their use is advanced peripheral vascular disease in the legs.

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Compression stockings are not contraindicated for swelling caused by heart failure or pulmonary edema. The only medical condition that may limit their use is advanced peripheral vascular disease in the legs.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Jul 22, 2013

Compression stockings are not contraindicated for heart failure or pulmonary edema. Compression stockings function by reducing the venous hypertension and increasing the venous return to the heart. Both of these things are good for heart failure and pulmonary edema. That said, it is important that the stockings are not too tight (such can result in edema above the stocking). The stockings should be a graduated compression, with the highest compression at the foot and progressively decreasing to the thigh.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Compression stockings are not contraindicated for heart failure or pulmonary edema. Compression stockings function by reducing the venous hypertension and increasing the venous return to the heart. Both of these things are good for heart failure and pulmonary edema. That said, it is important that the stockings are not too tight (such can result in edema above the stocking). The stockings should be a graduated compression, with the highest compression at the foot and progressively decreasing to the thigh.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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