The Dangerous Truth about IVC Filter Removal X-rays of Blood Vessels

For patients unable to take blood-thinning medications, doctors commonly place a removable filter in a major vein of their body called the inferior vena cava (IVC)  to lower their risk of developing pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lung). IVC filters are designed to manually sort through blood and trap clots before they reach organs of the body.  Although the device aids a vital and complex body function, the placement of the IVC filter is…

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Scientific Research Confirms Dangerous Risks from Failing to Remove IVC Filters

A Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a dangerous blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. Blood clots that travel to the lungs from the legs or other parts of the body cause this life threatening condition. Several medical device manufacturers developed blood clot filters, called Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters to surgically place in patients to prevent PE’s. Unfortunately, defects in the design of these blood clot filters cause serious injuries by tilting,…

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