Immediate Compression Could Prevent DVT Complications

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Researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands studied nearly 600 people with deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT — a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg — to determine the effects of immediate compression therapy. Results of the study were published in Blood, a journal of the American Society of Hematology.

Patients in the study who received compression therapy within 24 hours of DVT diagnosis were 20 percent less likely to develop persistent blood clots and 8 percent less likely to develop post-thrombotic syndrome (a condition that results in pain, swelling, and discoloration in the affected leg) than those who had compression therapy later. For the study, compression therapy included wrapping the limb in multilayered bandaging or compression hosiery until swelling subsided, followed by fitted compression stockings. In addition to compression therapy, study participants also were treated with anticoagulants (blood thinners).

DVT affects about 900,000 people in the United States and carries a high risk of recurrence, chronic symptoms, and death.

Sourced from: Blood