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How do compression stockings help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

Compression stockings assist the body in returning blood to the heart. These stockings place graduated pressure on the lower leg, with the greatest pressure around the ankle, to assist upward blood flow back to the heart. Compression stockings can be helpful in many cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). However, they may be difficult to put on for older people, people who are obese, or people who have certain disabilities. Compression stocking therapy is usually combined with anticoagulant therapy.

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