What is Cooling Vest?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: StaCool Vest

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See also: Cold Showers/bath Heat avoidance

A cooling vest or ice vest is a piece of equipment worn to cool a person down. Cooling vests are used by many sporting bodies, industry workers, doctors, and people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Heat intolerance 56 13
Multiple Sclerosis 15 7
Fatigue 10 8
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2 0
Endurance reduced (whole body) 1 0
Exercise intolerance 1 0

Show all 10 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cooling Vest

Side effect Patients
Numbness 1
weight can be heavy use only ice packs that are needed 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Cooling Vest

Dosage Patients
as needed 12
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Cooling Vest

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 5
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 2
Personal research 1
See all 11 patients who’ve stopped using Cooling Vest

Duration

Currently using Cooling Vest

Duration Patients
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 12

Stopped using Cooling Vest

Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 11
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 11
Not specified 13
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6 patient evaluations for Cooling Vest

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westchester
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westchester
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See westchester's full Cooling Vest history

May 29, 2013 (Started May 12, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage:

  • 0 helpful marks
chasmengr
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chasmengr
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See chasmengr's full Cooling Vest history

Aug 31, 2012 (Started Apr 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Heat intolerance)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Starting this spring, I began using a phase-change vest, which freezes at 60 degF (in the fridge). It works wonderfully, lasts for hours, and isn't chilling like ice packs.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 30, 2011 (Started Apr 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Heat intolerance)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 1, 2010 (Started Apr 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Heat intolerance)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 30, 2009 (Started Apr 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Heat intolerance)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Really postpones my fatigue attacks on hot summer days. Lets me function outside in the summer.

  • 1 helpful mark
wysiwyg
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wysiwyg
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See wysiwyg's full Cooling Vest history

Jun 25, 2010 (Started Aug 19, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Heat intolerance)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Haven't used it for a couple of years now. Usually my feet are so cold I can't stand it, so when it is HOT outside and my feet are warm, I forget to cool off my core!!!

Jan 19, 2009 (Started Aug 19, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Heat intolerance)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Works great in hot summer heat...makes it easier to garden, etc.!

  • 0 helpful marks
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