Information about A-V Impulse Foot Pumps
The A-V Impulse Foot Pump:
How it works:
Located in the sole of your foot is a large group of veins that act as a built-in return pump. This group of veins is called the plantar venous plexus. Each time your foot hits the ground when you walk or run, the plantar venous plexus is flattened, stretched, and squeezed. This pumps blood back up to your heart.
The A-V Impulse mimics the action of walking by inflating a small balloon that presses on the bottom of your foot. The preessure from the inflated balloon activates the plantar venous plexus and sends blood back up to your heart. This increased circulation is important for people who spend a considerable amount of time in bed or sitting upright because blood can pool in the bottom of the feet.
A-V Impulse Foot Pump or Sequential Compression Device?
Unlike a Sequential Compression Device, which stimulates the blood by compressing the calves or thighs, the A-V Impulse system uses a foot sleeve with a rigid base that fills with air and then deflates. Like the SCD machines, the Impulse is used to reduce the effects of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), reduce pain and swelling after surgery, and stimulate arterial blood flow. Although the two machines work in similar ways to increase blood flow, you will want to speak with your doctor about which machine is best suited for your condition.
IMPORTANT: If you are interested in using an AV Impulse Foot Pump, you need to speak with your doctor ahead of time as a test is generally required to ensure you have no blood clots that may cause further medical complications.