By David Mittleman

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are designed to capture blood clots before they enter the lungs. The filter is designed for patients who are unable to take anticoagulants (blood thinners). The filter captures the clots in the blood stream, and over time, the clots dissolve.

Click here for a video simulating IVC filter placement, and click here for a photo of the product.

The filter is most commonly manufactured by medical manufacturers C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. According to the manufacturer, these filters have been used since the 1960s. While IVC filters have proven a life-saving …read more