IVC Filter Failure

IVC filter recipients have higher death rate

Inferior vena cava filters are linked to a higher death rate among the very people they’re supposed to help, according to a Reuters story.

The story cites a March presentation given at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology.

Researchers reviewed medical data on more than eight million people with deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in one of the deeper veins) and pulmonary embolism (a dislodged blood clot ...

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FDA approves new heart filter

According to a report on TheHeart.org, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new vena cava filter made by Crux Biomedical of California.

The company is touting the new device as a safer alternative to earlier models, which have been prone to potentially deadly fracturing.

The heart processes blood — removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen from the lungs. The oxygen-poor blood enters the heart through two main veins called ...

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Pulmonary embolism treatment has risks of its own

A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs. According to the Mayo Clinic, prompt treatment is essential to prevent serious complications or death.

Treatment usually involves medications. Anticoagulants prevent new clots from forming. They include heparin, which is usually delivered with a needle and works quickly; or warfarin, which comes in pill form and takes a few days to begin working.

Certain medications, called thrombolytics, dissolve ...

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