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High Compression Pressure over the Calf is More Effective than Graduated Compression in Enhancing Venous Pump Function.
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PMID:  22819741     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Graduated compression is routinely employed as standard therapy for chronic venous insufficiency. AIM: The study aims to compare the haemodynamic efficiency of a multi-component graduated compression bandage (GCB) versus a negative graduated compression bandage (NGCB) applied with higher pressure over the calf. METHODS: In 20 patients, all affected by greater saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence and candidates for surgery (Clinical, etiologic, anatomic and pathophysiologic data, CEAP C2-C5), the ejection fraction of the venous calf pump was measured using a plethysmographic method during a standardised walking test without compression, with GCB and NGCB, all composed of the same short-stretch material. Sub-bandage pressures were measured simultaneously over the distal leg and over the calf. RESULTS: NGCBs with median pressures higher at the calf (62 mmHg) than at the distal leg (50 mmHg) achieved a significantly higher increase of ejection fraction (median +157%) compared with GCB, (+115%) with a distal pressure of 54 mmHg and a calf pressure of 28 mmHg (P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Patients with severe venous incompetence have a greater haemodynamic benefit from NGCB, especially during standing and walking, than from GCB.
G Mosti; H Partsch
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Clinica MD Barbantini, Via del Calcio n.2, 55100 Lucca, Italy.
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