As we come to the end of National Blood Clot Awareness Month, we wanted to provide one more reminder to wear compression in order to avoid developing Deep Vein Thrombosis. Prevention is the key: wear compression stockings or compression socks when traveling on airplanes or driving on road trips to aid in the prevention of blood clots!
It is very important to understand that Deep Vein Thrombosis is a very serious condition that dramatically affects a large portion of the population within the United States. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), blood clots are responsible for 60,000 deaths annually within the United States, and 25% of those deaths were not aware that they even had a blood clot. Protect yourself and take precautionary action to prevent blood clots from forming by wearing compression socks or stockings.
Are you confused about Deep Vein Thrombosis and how it forms in your body? Click on the link below to learn more about it through a video diagram that walks you through the process: How DVT Forms.
“Oh, I’ve used compression socks before, I’ve used Ted hose.” – misinformed individual.
The common misconception about graduated compression socks in today’s world is that it is classified under anti-embolism stockings. Ted hose, a commonly used stocking for patients that have been through surgery, do not work the same as graduated compression stockings.
Anti-Embolism Stockings, otherwise referred to as Ted Hose, are designed for patients that are bed-ridden. It is most commonly used by patients in nursing homes and post-surgical patients to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (Choosing Between Anti-Embolism & Compression. Juzo). Anti-embolism stockings offer the minimal amount of compression, which is 8-18 mmHg, and only work when the patient’s leg is elevated. The way that anti-embolism stockings are designed is to have a concentration of compression at the bottom of the stocking and at the top of the stocking, not in the middle portion.
Graduated Compression Stockings are used for therapeutic reasons for patients when they are not able to have their legs elevated. The stockings are designed to have most of the compression concentrated at the ankles and it decreases while scaling up the leg, enabling the blood to be pumped back towards the heart. They are designed to compliment any lifestyle, from athletes to the general public and even for patients who are immobile. They help reduce swelling in the legs and aide in the prevention of blood clots.
What to take away?
Ted Hose are mostly used for patients that have gone through surgery, but they should switch over to compression stockings once they are in recovery. Ted=Bed
Compression stockings compliment all lifestyles and work well for everyone.
We just came across this sad story about a professional athlete having to end his career because of blood clots. The good news is he is still alive and now his story will be good for public awareness of blood clots, aka DVT. Graduated compression socks aid in the prevention of blood clots. Everyone should be wearing them.
When traveling by car or airplane, do you get swollen ankles and/or feet? Do your legs feel tired, heavy or do you get cramps in them? Have you ever had a blood clot?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then graduated compression socks, aka travel socks, need to be the next purchase you make before your trip. Graduated compression socks help pump the blood that is pooling in your ankles from prolonged sitting, back up towards your heart. It will increase circulation and prevent swelling in your legs and feet. Medical-grade graduated compression stockings also prevent blood clots/DVT’s. Everyone traveling for 4 hours or more on an airplane is at risk for a blood clot. So, protect yourself by wearing graduated compression socks on your next trip. Your legs and feet will thank you! Call us toll free (855) 835-3544 today to order your next pair of travel…
If you or someone you know has suffered from a blood clot, you understand the importance of knowing the symptoms. There has been a day created to bring awareness about blood clots, blood clotting disorders, DVT’s, PE’s, and VTE’s. October 13th is World Thrombosis Day and there is an official website for this day… http://www.worldthrombosisday.org
We also found a great YouTube video that explains the signs and symptoms. Check it out