Frequently Asked Questions About DVT
Who should not use the Medshoola™ Compression Pump?
- Anyone who thinks or knows that he or she has active Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE) or who has a current diagnosis of DVT or PE
- Anyone with a chronic blood clot in an arm or leg
- Anyone with swollen legs that are due to something other than varicose veins or cellulite
- Anyone with open wounds and/or with open wounds that are draining
- Anyone with red and painful extremities (arms, hands, legs, or feet)
Do you sell a bag I can use to carry the pump around?
Knowing that the Medshoola™ Compression Pump had to be convenient, we designed it as an all-in-one device. When not in use, the compression sleeve forms the transport case. So, you don’t need to buy an extra bag!
Do I need a prescription to buy the Medshoola™ Compression Pump?
No! The pump is an over-the-counter medical device that does not require a prescription.
However, we recommend you consult your physician before using Medshoola products because inflation times and pressures are variable for every patient and treatment type.
Does insurance cover the Medshoola™ Compression Pump?
Without a prescription, your insurance company will not pay for a medical device.
However, if you doctor prescribes the device, it is possible that your insurance company might cover all or part of the purchase or apply the purchase amount toward your deductible. It’s also possible they won’t pay or apply anything, even with a prescription.
I read/heard about another product that is supposed to prevent blood clots. Is there a difference between it and yours?
Be cautious of other portable devices that advertise they can prevent blood clots. Many of these devices are simply leg and foot massagers that do not provide the proper increase in blood circulation necessary to prevent blood clots. Our product is very easy to use, but there’s a lot of science and clinical experience that went into making sure it does its job.
Is the Medshoola™ Compression Pump FDA approved?
The device is currently not FDA approved. However, medical devices sold over-the-counter generally are not approved by the FDA because they’re things that probably won’t cause life-threatening harm if used incorrectly. Heat and cold packs along with crutches and walkers are other examples of over-the-counter medical devices.
Will the Medshoola™ Compression Pump circulate so much blood that I’ll get out of breath or have other problems?
No. The four air champers apply sequential compression that mimics your body’s natural blood flow. The pump gives you the localized benefits of taking a walk without the exertion.
Who is at risk?
Although more prevalent in people over the age of 50, numerous recent high-profile cases demonstrate that no one is immune to deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The list of fatal blood clot cases includes professional athletes, politicians, media celebrities, and even healthcare professionals. DVT is not uncommon and everyone is at risk. High profile cases include Dick Cheney and Serena Williams who have both received treatment for DVT.
Risk factors for DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE) include:
- Slow blood flow in a deep vein or circulation problems due to the lack of movement or prolonged sitting (i.e., truck drivers, cab drivers, travelers who sit for more than 2 hours)
- Conditions or factors that make your blood thicker and more likely to clot (i.e., inherited blood disorders, specific genetic conditions)
- Injury to a deep vein due to surgery, broken bone, or other trauma.
- Current cancer diagnosis or family history of cancer
- Having an IV catheter
- Use of tobacco
- Females who take birth control pills
- Age (elderly people are especially susceptible)
- Heart and lung diseases
What are the signs and symptoms of DVT?
Symptoms of DVT include swelling in the leg or arm, limb pain or tenderness, pain upon touching the affected area, and red or blue skin discoloration.
What are the signs and symptoms PE?
Sudden shortness of breath, extremely sharp or stabbing pain in the chest (could get worse with each breath), and rapid heart rate.
Why is it important to seek treatment of DVT?
DVT should be treated quickly to reduce the risk of serious complications, such as PE, where the blood clot travels to the lung and can cause serious illness or death.
What are the most common treatments for DVT/PE?
Thrombolytic (clot-dissolving) therapy, anticoagulant drugs or blood thinners, thrombin inhibitors, vena cava filter (filter added in vena cava), and most importantly sequential compression devices or pumps for PREVENTION before the clot ever forms.