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Compression measures: for what use and contraindications

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Compression measures have the objective of performing a compression on the leg and improving blood circulation, being able to indicate in the prevention the treatment of varicose veins and other venous diseases.

Currently, there are different types of compression measures with different pressure and height gradients, some only cover the feet, others that reach the muscle and others cover the entire pierna and abdomen. In addition, it is important that the compression measures are always indicated by the doctor or nurse for the purpose of use.

what are they for

The compression media exerts pressure on the legs, which is why they favor the return of the blood from the pies to the heart, functioning as a kind of bomb that acts against the power of gravedad and helping the return of blood.



This type of media is indicated in cases where there are defective valves or obstructed veins that make it difficult to return the blood to the heart. Therefore, other situations in which compression measures can be indicated are:

  • venous insufficiency;
  • History of thrombosis;
  • Presence of varicose veins;
  • History of Postthrombotic Syndrome;
  • embarrassment;
  • After certain surgeries, especially when the postoperative period requires that the person is sitting or lying down all day;
  • Elders, the blood circulation is more compromised;
  • Sensation of heaviness, pain or swelling in the legs.

In addition, the use of compression media can be indicated in people who spend most of the day sitting or walking, and that can also compromise blood circulation. Other situations in which the use of compression measures can be suggested are on long trips, because the person remains seated for many hours.

Watch in the video the continuation of how to have a comfortable trip, even if you suffer from hinchazón in the legs and pies:

When not to use

In spite of all its benefits, the compression measures should only be used under medical indications, being contraindicated in the following situations:



  • ischemia;
  • Uncontrolled heart failure;
  • Infections or infections in the legs or in the regions covered with the media;
  • Skin infections;
  • Allergy to the fabrication materials of the media.

On the other hand, although these measures are indicated for situations where it is necessary to spend a large part of the day sitting or lying on the side, they are not suitable for people in bed who are unable to get up, as they may end up increasing the risk of clots appearing . See how to identify and treat cardiac ischemia.

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