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    Deep Vein Thrombosis - Other Treatment

    Vena cava filters are used for some people who have deep vein thrombosis. This is not a common treatment.

    A vena cava filter is inserted into the vena cava, the large vein that returns blood to the heart from the abdomen and legs.

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    Pulmonary Embolism: A Complication of DVT

    A pulmonary embolism (PE) usually happens when a blood clot called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), often in your leg, travels to your lungs and blocks a blood vessel. That leads to low oxygen levels in your blood. It can damage the lung and other organs and cause heart failure, too. A PE can be life-threatening, so if you've been diagnosed with DVT, you should be aware of this risk. Follow the treatment plan for your DVT to stop the clot from getting bigger and to keep new clots from forming.

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    This filter can prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). But the filter doesn't stop a clot from forming.

    Vena cava filters might be used if you:

    • Cannot take anticoagulants.
    • Continue to develop blood clots even though you have been taking anticoagulants.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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