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What are Compression Therapy Protocols for patients with PAD or diabetes?

  • What are Compression Therapy Protocols for patients with PAD or diabetes?

    Posted by admin on May 7, 2023 at 10:47 am

    What are Compression Therapy Protocols for patients with peripheral arterial disease or diabetes?

    As we age, our risk of co-morbidities increases as do the contraindications (i.e, when not to use compression therapy). Those who have severe CVI are not recommended to use compression therapy, but those who experience mild-to-moderate CVI can benefit from the right compression therapy? By right, we mean safe.

    So, what kind of risks are we talking about? The possible risks or those who are at risk for using compression therapy to treat CVI are those who may have diabetes mellitus type 2 and/or Peripheral Arterial Disease.

    Those who have diabetes mellitus type 2 have too much sugar in their blood, and too much sugar in the blood stream can cause circulation issues. Using the wrong compression therapy product that has too high of working pressure can create pressure peaks in the foot area that can be hard for a diabetes patient to feel or experience.

    PAD, or Peripheral Arterial Disease, is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs, most often due to a buildup of plaque.

    This restricted blood flow, especially in the legs, can cause soft tissue atrophy, which in the worst case scenario can lead to open wounds.

    Those patients with chronic venous disease and mild-to-moderate PAD can be safely treated with compression stockings, so long as the right compression stocking is used. Luckily, here at medi®, we have a sock that fits the safety requirements for diabetes and mild-to-moderate PAD patients: the mediven® angio.

    medi conducted a clinical study1 with 94 patients that addressed the question of how wearing medical compression stockings influences the microcirculation in patients with venous edema and coexisting PAD and/or diabetes mellitus type 2 and its safety. These participants wore the mediven angio in compression classes 15-20 and 20-30 mmHg. The concluding results were that:

    • The use of the medi medical compression stocking mediven angio is safe and feasible with compression classes 15-20 & 20-30 mmHg.
    • The microcirculation is stable under both compression classes and is comparable to the values found in healthy patients.
    • No adverse events such as skin breakdown, lesions or irritations occurred during the study.
    • Patient wearing comfort was good to very good.
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