Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a severe life-threatening condition that occurs when a lower extremity blood clot migrates to the lungs and embolizes. If the PE goes untreated, the mortality rate can be as high as 30 percent. A PE is a quiet killer, often occurring without any symptoms, according to an article published by Medscape, an informative online medical journal. A common method to prevent PE is anticoagulation, or blood thinning, medication. Not all patients, however, can tolerate blood thinners. That’s where blood clot filters come into play. A blood clot filter such as an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is ... Read More
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