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With blood clots, filters may fail to save lives

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For patients suffering a pulmonary embolism, filters used to block clots from passing from the legs to arteries in the lungs do not improve mortality rates in most cases.

“There has been an increase in the use of vena cava filters in the past several years for patients who arrive at a hospital suffering from a pulmonary embolism,” says Paul Stein, professor of osteopathic medical specialties at Michigan State University.

“But it appears the vast majority of filters that are placed in patients with pulmonary embolism may not reduce mortality.”

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