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Vol 15, No 2 (2009)
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Physical methods in the prophylaxis of thromboembolic complications in post-stroke patients

Jan Bembenek
Acta Angiologica 2009;15(2):39-49.


Aim. Thromboembolic complications constitute a serious sequel to immobilisation after stroke. In some groups of patients, the physical methods used in the prevention of thrombosis have proven an effective alternative to anticoagulants. This article aims to present the current views on this issue.
Views. Deep vein thrombosis in post-stroke patients may be prevented by both physical and pharmacological methods. The latter are well established, although they cannot be used in some post-stroke patients. Physical methods may be an effective alternative in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis and its sequel - pulmonary embolism - in patients for whom pharmacological methods are contraindicated.
Conclusions. Prevention of thromboembolic complications is necessary in post-stroke patients. The knowledge and proper use of physical methods for the prophylaxis of thromboembolic complications in post-stroke patients facilitate a reduction in the mortality rate in this group of patients.

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