Support Hose and Stroke Risk

Support Hose after Stroke: New Research Says Support Hose Doesn’t Work

Stroke patients don’t benefit from wearing support hose, found a study in the most recent issue of the United Kingdom-based The Lancet journal.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland found that the risk of blood clots in stroke patients didn’t improve when they wore thigh high support stockings. In addition, the researchers reported that 5 percent of patients developed ulcers, dead skin tissue, and blisters.

As a result of their findings, the study authors suggest reevaluating current recommendations that all stroke patients wear support hose after surgery.

Although this research indicates that support stockings may not reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, other research has indicated that support hose are often improperly used, even by nursing staff and medical personnel. Patients are often prescribed the wrong size stockings, they may be instructed to wear thigh high stockings when knee high varieties work just as well, and both medical personnel and patients may have trouble putting the support hose on the right way.

Many studies have found that using support hose contributes to increased blood flow and reduces the risk of venous disorders. Although this study found that stroke patients don’t benefit, compression garments may still help relieve aching, tired legs, reduce the risk of varicose veins and leg swelling, and cut the risk of blood clots during travel and after surgery – but only if they’re used properly.

What’s the best brand to use? Support hose manufactured by Jobst, Juzo, Mediven, and Sigvaris, come with detailed instructions on how to use the legwear for best results.

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