Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Svc Syndrome Home Care

Home care for superior vena cava syndrome includes:

  • Elevate the head of your bed.
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Eat a healthy heart diet:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Svc Syndrome Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have superior vena cava syndrome and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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