Should patients with acute DVT limit activity?
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Ambulation, combined with compression of the affected extremity, appears to be safe for medically stable patients with deep venous thromboses (DVT) (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, consistent randomized controlled trials [RCTs]). Leg compression and ambulation, compared with bed rest without compression, can effectively decrease swelling and pain (SOR: A, consistent RCTs). Only weak data exist to suggest that early ambulation can reduce mortality (SOR: C, cohort studies with historical controls).
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