Are Compression Stockings an Effective Treatment for Orthostatic Presyncope?

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Protheroe CL, Dikareva A, Menon C, Claydon VE (2011) Are Compression Stockings an Effective Treatment for Orthostatic Presyncope? PLoS ONE 6(12): e28193. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028193

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Syncope, or fainting, affects approximately 6.2% of the population, and is associated with significant comorbidity. Many syncopal events occur secondary to excessive venous pooling and capillary filtration in the lower limbs when upright. As such, a common approach to the management of syncope is the use of compression stockings. However, research confirming their efficacy is lacking. We aimed to investigate the effect of graded calf compression stockings on orthostatic tolerance.

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