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)