An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
Plavix (clopidogrel) is an anti-clotting drug that is prescribed for coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and to prevent myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke. It is sometimes known colloquially as 'superaspirin' and it works by inhibiting the formation of blood clots.
Some doctors have been known to prescribe Plavix alongside aspirin as a regimen to prevent heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular events. However, studies have now shown that adding the anti-clotting drug Plavix to a daily dose of aspirin does not reduce the risk of such events in people with simply a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
In fact, Plavix combined with aspirin may be a risky combination that does more harm than good. The findings of an international study suggest that the combined regimen may benefit people with a history heart attack and other cardiovascular events, but taking the two drugs together can actually increase the risk of internal bleeding and death for people who only have risk factors.
If you or a loved one was prescribed a Plavix regimen and experienced serious side effects, contact us today to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.