Complementary and Supportive Therapy

Many people use complementary or supportive therapies during or after a cardiovascular procedure to provide nonsurgical relief and ensure a successful recovery. Therapies often recommended include:

  • Prescription compression bandages or stockings to help blood flow back to the heart
  • Elevation of leg or arm above heart level
  • Avoidance of prolonged standing
  • Daily exercise, if physician-approved
  • Over-the-counter pain medicine, as needed
  • Weight loss, if needed
  • Topical wound care
  • Unna boot (a moist gauze bandage made up of zinc oxide, calamine lotion and glycerine), which promotes healing, increases blood return to the heart and reduces infection)

Locations Performing this Treatment