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    Posted: Feb 13 2009 at 2:38pm

when can compression (socks, stockings, bandaging) be used with CHF patients?

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I don’t see too many CHF patients using stockings for LE swelling.  Usually it is controlled with diuretics.  The individuals that we see using the stockings the most are those with DVTs and are high risk for blood clots.  The main reason our open heart patients use them is to prevent blood clots, although they do help keep the swelling down.  You might want to check the literature.  I will ask the other staff in Cardiac rehab.

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the patient already is on diuretics. the MD did say it's okay to use compression. i've seen on some literature online that you can use compression. i just need further information to support this.

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