Your inferior vena cava (IVC) is the vein that brings blood from your lower body back up to your heart. If you’re immobile for long periods of time or you have peripheral artery disease, you’re at greater risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. This is condition where a blood clot develops in a deep vein — usually in your legs. These clots can travel through the vena cava into your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism (blockage in your lung).
The University of Miami Health System interventional radiologists can place a filter into your vena cava, called an IVC filter, to stop blood clots. This helps protect your lungs and heart from dangerous clots.
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Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.
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