The inferior vena cava returns blood from the lower body to the heart, and should a blood clot form in the legs, the IVC filter catches the clot before it can cause serious damage. Generally, only those who have a significant risk of developing a pulmonary embolism, and who cannot take blood thinning drugs, are candidates for an IVC filter.
If you have been implanted with a retrievable IVC filter and have heard many of the safety concerns regarding these filters, you may wonder about the FDA stance on IVC filters. Retrievable IVC filters are small metal devices which are used to prevent blood clots from traveling from the legs or pelvic region to the heart or lungs. Although...
IVC filters are tiny metal “cage-like” devices which are intended to prevent blood clots from traveling from the legs to the lungs or heart. The filter is implanted in the inferior vena cava—the largest vein which returns blood from the lower body to the heart. Prior to making the decision to implant an IVC filter, the doctor will first determine whether the patient could potentially be given a blood-thinning drug which will dissolve blood clots...
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