The IVC filter is a small metal device that can prevent blood clots in the veins from moving. It is used in conditions where there is a risk of a blood clot clotting in your lungs, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It is placed in the main vein in your body and is called the inferior vena cava (IVC). This vein passes through the stomach. It returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. A doctor enters the filter during a short surgery.
How are IVC filters used for PST?
DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein inside your body, usually in the leg. In some cases, this clot separates and passes into the heart and lungs. It can block the blood vessels in the lung. This severe condition is called pulmonary embolism. This can lead to chest pain, shortness of breath, and death.
If you have DVT, your doctor may recommend IVC clot screening. These devices are similar to mini inverted umbrella frames. Blood must pass from the lower half of the body through a filter to reach your heart and lungs. It traps blood clots before they cause a pulmonary embolism.
The IVC filter is used only to prevent pulmonary epilepsy. It does not protect from PST, nor does it remedy the situation itself.
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