Pneumatic compression therapy devices are used to help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. The devices use air compression through sleeves that are secured around the legs. This helps to increase blood flow through the veins of your legs and helps with DVT Prevention.
DVT is a serious medical condition that can cause swelling, pain, and tenderness in your leg. Pneumatic Compression Therapy is used to prevent a deep clot in a leg vein forming and then breaking free and stick in a vessel in the lung also known as a pulmonary embolism (PE).
There are many factors that increase a person’s risk to getting DVT which requires DVT prevention devices. Conditions that can increase your chance of getting a DVT include:
- Recent surgery that may decreases your mobility and increases inflammation in the body
- Medical conditions that limit your mobility, such as an injury or stroke
- Long periods of travel, which limit your mobility
- Injury to a deep vein
- Inherited blood disorders that increase clotting
- Cancer treatment
- Older age
Pneumatic Compression Therapy Devices provide a safe and effective method to help prevent DVT by replicating what the body does naturally.
Anyone can get DVT, but there are factors that increase your risk such as age, weight, heredity, and more.
Patients undergoing surgery in the lower extremities or procedures lasting more than 4 hours are at an increased risk to blood clots and DVT
When traveling longer than 4 hours there is an increased risk for blood clots and DVT due to extended mobility and limited leg room.
Did you know?
During pregnancy your blood is more likely to clot. It’s your body’s way of helping the placenta to work during pregnancy.4
Healthcare professionals tend to dismiss athletes to being at risk of DVT because they are young and healthy but there are factors and occurrences that put them in danger to DVT.
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