• Two types of garments designed to apply counterpressure over the body from the waist down were tried in 10 patients with severe postural hypotension. In two cases the condition followed bilateral sympathectomy for hypertension; in the others it was either idiopathic or associated with diabetes mellitus. One patient could not sit up without fainting, and six others had frequent or occasional episodes of syncope on standing.
The air-filled suit was generally more effective than the elastic form of garment. The beneficial effects were explained by the increases observed in the blood pressure and cardiac output, which were measured on a tilting table.
Four patients were able to return to part-time employment. They found the suit both practical and comfortable and could do work that involved longer periods of standing than they had been able to endure before.
Sieker HO, Burnum JF, Hickam JB, Penrod KE. TREATMENT OF POSTURAL HYPOTENSION WITH A COUNTERPRESSURE GARMENT. JAMA. 1956;161(2):132–135. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970020012003
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