Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are small cone-shaped medical devices that are inserted into a patient’s inferior vena cava in order to stop blood clots from reaching his or her lungs. The inferior vena cava is a blood vessel that is responsible for moving blood from the lower body to the heart. The devices are often used for patients who are at risk for pulmonary embolism but cannot be treated with anticoagulant drugs.
Do You Need an IVC Filter? 3 Things You Should Know