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Old 01-20-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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I HAVE NOT HAD A GREENFIELD FILTER PUT IN BUT AM IN THE PROCESS OF FINDING OUT IF I NEED TO HAVE ONE PUT IN. IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE A PRIME CANDIDATE FOR THE FILTER I WOULD SERIOULSLY LOOK INTO IT. IF IT BETTERS MY LIFE THAN I WILL DO IT. GOOD LUCK AND I HOPE EVERYTHING WORKS OUT FOR YOU.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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can a greenfield stop clots from giving you a heart attack?
A greenfield cannot stop you from having a heart attack. It actually cannot even stop you from having a clot go to your lungs (a PE). That is the entire point of having the filter placed, but in all reality, it is not completely effective. It really only has a 50% benefit rate. I have had bi lateral dvts with factor V leiden for the last 10 years. I have been on a heparin drip, Lovenox shots, and Coumidin. Because of my clotting factor, I am on coumidin for life. There is so much misinformation out there that you need to be your own advocate. If you have had more than 1 clot in your life, you most likely will be on a blood thinner for life. If you are on a blood thinner and have had no problems with a clot and a doctor tells you to stop taking the meds because you haven't had a problem- he is out of his mind. You haven't had a problem because YOU WERE TAKING THE MEDS! And, just for the record, none of the medicines are actually blood thinners. There is nothing available on the market (anywhere) that actually thin out your blood. Coumidin, Warfarin, Lovenox and Heparin all help to reduce the chances of your platelets sticking together. That's it. Even if you are on a 'blood thinner', you can still clot. Do not listen to the idiot who posted earlier talking about breaking down the clot with heparin and eventually being able to take a baby asprin a day so that you won't clot anymore either. That is the stupidest advice I have ever heard of. You might as well take up drinking because that will be just about as effective as that advice. Believe me when I say that you need to find a good hemotologist, research him/her fully, and then research all of the advice they give to you. Get second and third opinions from doctors outside of that hospital and in different organizations (if possible). This is especially essential if you are having any invasive procedure such as having a filter put in. Also, make sure you fully understand the risks of having anything done. Every procedure has risks and as a patient, you need to be made completely aware of them. There is nothing wrong with asking your doc a question, or 12... that is why they are the doctor and you are the patient. Be your own advocate and take care of your blood.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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I scream bloody murder when doing an annual or 90 day medication assessment and a doc or RN says "Well, geez; they're not displaying the behaviors that put them on the med in the first place so let's discontinue it" Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! You think the reason they don't display certain signs/symptoms/ behaviors, etc... is maybe they are actually taking their meds? kati1985 is right on with her post.

Yes, I know there are certain meds that need to be discontinued after a certain time but this happens when meds that actually are needed are dismissed because we want to show Big Brother (state inspectors, feds) that we're on top of things. People should know what they're taking and why. The amount and the side effects. If you don't like a med you're taking then talk with the doc and get it discontinued. If someone suggest to quit a med that you know helps you then don't...find another opinion. Wake up...doctors and RNs are just people too.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:25 AM
 
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I had a permanent Titanium Greenfield filter put in after gall bladder surgery 14 years ago at age 44. The gall bladder surgery went fine but I developed blood clots in both lungs recovering at home. They put me back in the hospital and started a heparin drip. Within 24 hours I coded from internal bleeding. They put me in the ICU where I coded 3 more times. When they stabilized me they put the Greenfield filter in then opened me up from belly button to breast bone. I had a sensitive reaction from the heparin that caused me to bleed from everywhere they touched during the gall bladder surgery. They kept me in the ICU for 7 days. They assigned me an internal physician who some time later took some blood and sent off for some tests. The tests came back positive for Lupus anticoagulants. He then put me on warfarin and said I need to take for the rest of my life. I have concerns having a filter in but think I would be dead now if they didn't inplant one.

By the way the surgeon was going to just put me on an aspirin regiment. The internal doctor said no way after blood tests. It was the first time in my life I ever was put in hospital for anything.

I now suffer from anxiety problems, chronic IBS, chronic fatigue, lower back pain. But I'm still alive and thank the Lord for that.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:00 AM
 
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My provider is recommending catheter placement for my particular condition. This decision was based on a Thrombophilia work-up. My provider did say that just because the filter is placed I would remain on Coumadin/Warfarin for the rest of my life. My particular blood condition is called Hemolytic Hyper-coagulation. This is a condition having to do with factors V and VIII. I personally am agreeing to this surgery. This is the second time I have had to go through this. My PCP also took me off Coumadin the first time and did not follow up from the first time I stopped breathing at home and 911 was called and I was taken to the hospital with a SPO2 of 80% while gasping for air. Now here I am going through this again. everyone's condition is different and you must do whatever is best for your well being and for your body to stay in a state of Homeostasis. Prayers to all making your decision.....
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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Usually "blood thinners" are used to lessen the risk of forming a blood clot but in a case where using a medication such as Coumadin is contraindicated then a "Greenfield" or "Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter" is placed to "catch" a clot if one does form and head for your lungs.....are you having surgery or something else that would put you at risk if you were to be started on Coumadin?
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:11 PM
 
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Nice clarification of the medications and terms...thank you!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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Default Greenfield filter long term

I have had a bloodclot following most every surgery I have had. About 7 years ago following some extensive surgery, I had a PE. The though was there was possibly more clots headed to my lungs. I received a greenfield filter in my IVC. I have not been aware of any significant problems. I was never placed on a blood thinner.

At the present, my daughter who is a pharmacist in a hospital is extremely concerned about my filter. She has discussed it with a couple of specialists. They think I am in danger of blocking around my filter without blood thinners. I have asked my regular physician and he does not seem to think I should be concerned. I also see a pulmonary doctor for restless legs and he is concerned and thinks I should be on blood thinner but did not prescribe it. I am 58 years old and am wondering if I am really at risk. By current tests, I am fairly healthy, with the exception of high blood pressure. I am extremely tired and short of breath but nothing shows up on any tests. Could this filter be the cause? Do I at this point need to be on a blood thinner. If so, what type of doctor do I need to see and are there tests that show the condition of the filter? (I know mine is still in place.) Thanks for any suggestions or information.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Durham UK
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I was hospitilized for a week because they found blood clots in both my legs. The blood clots prevented to the blood to flow to my foot and ended up with a gangrene toe which has to be amputated. Went to see a vascular surgeon who told me i did not need a greenfield filter, but after seeing my podiatrist and speaking to the nurse at the hospital they cannot understand why i do not have a filter. It upsets me because i would feel alot better having that filter than having to worry all the time about clots, are they traveling through my body. I think a second opinion is in order.
These were arterial blood clots, not venous. No sense in putting a filter in the Vena Cava (venous circulation) for this.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Durham UK
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My provider is recommending catheter placement for my particular condition. This decision was based on a Thrombophilia work-up. My provider did say that just because the filter is placed I would remain on Coumadin/Warfarin for the rest of my life. My particular blood condition is called Hemolytic Hyper-coagulation. This is a condition having to do with factors V and VIII. I personally am agreeing to this surgery. This is the second time I have had to go through this. My PCP also took me off Coumadin the first time and did not follow up from the first time I stopped breathing at home and 911 was called and I was taken to the hospital with a SPO2 of 80% while gasping for air. Now here I am going through this again. everyone's condition is different and you must do whatever is best for your well being and for your body to stay in a state of Homeostasis. Prayers to all making your decision.....

PCPs shouldn't be stopping Coumadin in someone who has a thrombophilia. That should only be a hematologist.
Remember if you are at higher risk of clots, then you're at higher risk of clotting around the filter.
If you've only had blood clots when you've been OFF Coumadin then I don't see why they want to put the filter in.
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