July 20, 2017

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A government alert slowed inferior vena cava implants in 2010 but the U.S. still uses far more of the controversial clot-blocking devices than European countries, a new study found.

The rate of inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placements in this country dropped 29 percent to 39.1 per 100,000 patients in 2014. That’s still dramatically higher than the IVC filter implantation rate in five large European countries of 3 in 100,000 patients, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine on July 10 said.

“In the United States, the IVC filter implantation rates are 25 fold higher than in Europe,” research leader Dr.

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