Why would my cardiologist tell me to wear TED socks to bed?

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Pittsburgh Vein Center

Published on Feb 19, 2015

To keep your leg swelling to a minimum.

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Answered by Pittsburgh Vein Center

To keep your leg swelling to a minimum.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


NE Laser Vein Institute LLC

Published on Feb 16, 2015

Normally, swelling goes down while lying down, so it is not recommended to wear stockings. If your cardiologist is asking for that, you have to find out the reason and the underlying problem.

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Answered by NE Laser Vein Institute LLC

Normally, swelling goes down while lying down, so it is not recommended to wear stockings. If your cardiologist is asking for that, you have to find out the reason and the underlying problem.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

Published on Feb 15, 2015

It's not for your veins. Cardiologists are trained in management of heart disease. They sometimes involve themselves in the treatment of arterial disease. Because heart disease and arterial disease have the same risk factors, they sometimes treat arterial disease.

Vein disease is different and cardiologists aren't trained in vein disease. TED hose are anti-embolism stockings worn while in the hospital to prevent blood clots — not in ambulatory patients at home.

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Answered by Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

It's not for your veins. Cardiologists are trained in management of heart disease. They sometimes involve themselves in the treatment of arterial disease. Because heart disease and arterial disease have the same risk factors, they sometimes treat arterial disease.

Vein disease is different and cardiologists aren't trained in vein disease. TED hose are anti-embolism stockings worn while in the hospital to prevent blood clots — not in ambulatory patients at home.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Feb 15, 2015

Probably to help reduce swelling in your legs.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Probably to help reduce swelling in your legs.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The Vein Clinic

Published on Feb 13, 2015

You may have a condition which is a risk factor for deep venous thrombosis.

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Answered by The Vein Clinic

You may have a condition which is a risk factor for deep venous thrombosis.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor St. Louis Vein Center

Published on Feb 13, 2015

Wearing compression socks in bed doesn't hurt anything. In fact, TED socks were designed to be worn in bed to help prevent blood clots. Graded compression socks, which are used to treat varicose veins and or venous insufficiency, should be worn while you are up and moving around. Again there's no harm in wearing those to bed.

Answered by St. Louis Vein Center (View Profile)

Wearing compression socks in bed doesn't hurt anything. In fact, TED socks were designed to be worn in bed to help prevent blood clots. Graded compression socks, which are used to treat varicose veins and or venous insufficiency, should be worn while you are up and moving around. Again there's no harm in wearing those to bed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cleveland Clinic

Published on Feb 13, 2015

I am not certain as to why wearing them to bed was recommended. I will defer to your cardiologist.

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Answered by Cleveland Clinic

I am not certain as to why wearing them to bed was recommended. I will defer to your cardiologist.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center

Published on Feb 13, 2015

It would be best for you to talk to your cardiologist and find out his/her reasoning, since they know your full medical history.

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Answered by Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center

It would be best for you to talk to your cardiologist and find out his/her reasoning, since they know your full medical history.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana

Published on Feb 13, 2015

Compression stockings are utilized to minimize leg swelling. Most stockings should be worn during the day only, unless lymphedema is a significant problem.

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Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana

Compression stockings are utilized to minimize leg swelling. Most stockings should be worn during the day only, unless lymphedema is a significant problem.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


East Bay Cardio

Published on Feb 13, 2015

Most physicians would recommend for their patients to wear some type of compression stockings if they noticed any kind of swelling of the legs, or varicose veins. Great advice to follow.

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Answered by East Bay Cardio

Most physicians would recommend for their patients to wear some type of compression stockings if they noticed any kind of swelling of the legs, or varicose veins. Great advice to follow.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Advanced Vein Center

Published on Feb 13, 2015

TED hose are used to prevent blood clots (DVT) usually in patients who are immobile after surgery. Graduated compression hose are prescribed for ambulatory patients to help with leg swelling, leg ulcers, varicose veins, etc.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

TED hose are used to prevent blood clots (DVT) usually in patients who are immobile after surgery. Graduated compression hose are prescribed for ambulatory patients to help with leg swelling, leg ulcers, varicose veins, etc.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Following a procedure, it is typical to recommend wearing TED socks 24/7 for 3-7 days. For ongoing treatment, I would think it is to help blood flow. More importantly is to make sure you put on your compression stockings first thing in morning, before gravity has a chance to pull blood flow down and cause even minor swelling to begin. This is what compression seeks to do.

Answered by Advanced Vein & Vascular Center Inc. (View Profile)

Following a procedure, it is typical to recommend wearing TED socks 24/7 for 3-7 days. For ongoing treatment, I would think it is to help blood flow. More importantly is to make sure you put on your compression stockings first thing in morning, before gravity has a chance to pull blood flow down and cause even minor swelling to begin. This is what compression seeks to do.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Premier Vein Specialists

Published on Feb 13, 2015

If you are at a high risk for DVT, this is an ideal form of treatment.

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Answered by Premier Vein Specialists

If you are at a high risk for DVT, this is an ideal form of treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Feb 13, 2015

There is nothing wrong with wearing TED stockings to bed. These stockings function by compressing the calf muscles to increase the venous return to the heart and reduce the venous pressure in the legs. Elevation of the legs at night is a similar solution, but the stockings can increase the effects.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

There is nothing wrong with wearing TED stockings to bed. These stockings function by compressing the calf muscles to increase the venous return to the heart and reduce the venous pressure in the legs. Elevation of the legs at night is a similar solution, but the stockings can increase the effects.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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