Health Canada issues warning over blood clot filters

August 15, 2016

Health Canada has issued a safety warning about a controversial device designed to block potentially deadly bloods clots, due to “serious complications” reported in dozens of patients. 


As of June 6, Health Canada has received 121 serious incident reports involving inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, which are implanted into the largest vein in the body. Reported complications have included filter fracture, perforation of the vein or the heart, and even death.


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