Cardiovascular Pathologies

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The cardiovascular system is responsible for a vast array of functions in one’s body. Any interruption in the system could lead to serious health problems and even potentially death. In any kind of therapeutic intervention one undertakes with a patient, the therapist must take steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of a patient with cardiovascular issues. One such common problem that occurs in therapy sessions is having a patient who has a thrombosis, or formation of blood clots. When administering massage therapy to a patient who has a thrombosis, it is important to the therapist must be very, very careful. Massage of the lower extremities including massage administered via electric massagers should be withheld in order to avoid having the blood clot break free and travel along the bloodstream and into the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. As a standard on when it is best to begin therapy once a person has been diagnosed as having a blood clot, it is generally safe for a person to continue therapy approximately 10 days after the patient has received clearance to become ambulatory.

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