Researchers at the UC Davis Health System have found that inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) may increase the risk of new blood clots. The findings were published in Circulation, an online journal sponsored by the American Heart Association. The study was conducted mainly to distinguish what kinds of patients should receive an IVC filter and which should not. The IVC filter is a cage-like device that is inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. It is used most often in patients that cannot tolerate blood thinning medication. The fingers of the cage are intended to catch blood clots, preventing pulmonary embolism. ... Read More
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