Chest pain is often one of the first symptoms of an IVC filter complication — especially when pieces of the filter break and travel into the heart, lungs, kidneys, or other parts of the body. Patients with an IVC filter who have these complications are at risk of a life-threatening cardiovascular event, and they need to contact a doctor immediately.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently evaluating IVC filter cases in all 50 states, regardless of whether you have been injured or not. If you or somebody you know was implanted with an IVC filter, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
What is an IVC Filter?
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are widely used in patients with blood clots who cannot take a blood thinning medication. They prevent blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. The cone-shaped devices have thin wire legs (called “struts”) that catch and retain blood clots.
IVC Filter and Chest Pain
The pain is usually sudden, severe, and persistent. However, in some cases, it may come and go (relapse). Chest pain may also feel more like a burning, aching, “heaviness,” or stabbing feeling anywhere from the neck to the upper-abdomen.
Although chest pain is often associated with heart problems, it may be a symptom of problems in other areas of the body — such as the lungs (pulmonary embolism), esophagus, muscles, nerves, or ribs. Many causes of chest pain are not life-threatening, but the symptom should always be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible, especially when an IVC filter may be to blame.
Chest pain may be accompanied by:
- heart palpitations
- racing heartbeat
- shortness of breath
- abdominal pain
- profuse sweating
- and more
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Patients with an IVC filter should call 911 if they have chest pain, because it may be a symptom of a more serious complication. The National Institute of Health recommends seeking emergency medical attention if you have:
- Chest pain that is severe and does not go away.
- Sudden chest pain causes crushing, squeezing, tightening, or pressure in the chest.
- Chest pain spreads to the jaw, left arm, or bac.
- You have nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, sweating, or a racing heartbeat.
- Chest pain is suddenly worse than normal
- And other risk-factors.
Do I have an IVC Filter Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is evaluating IVC filter cases in all 50 states, regardless of whether you were injured or not. If you or someone you know received an IVC filter implant, please contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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