Tools To Help Your Lung Health

Woman holding tablet with X ray of lungs Healthy lung function is crucial to having a high-quality life. Enjoying all life has to offer when your lung function is compromised can be challenging. Medications can help address some symptoms, but there are instances where it takes a little more to help your lungs. If you’re concerned about your lung function, here are some tools that can help improve your quality of life.

Inferior Vena Cava Filter

Some conditions, such as blood clots, require people to take blood thinner medications to prevent life-threatening. Some people cannot take blood thinners due to excessive bleeding, poor reactions, or ineffectiveness.  If you cannot take blood thinners, your doctor may suggest an inferior vena cava (IVC) to help prevent dangerous complications.

Conditions such as deep vein thrombosis make IVC filters necessary. Deep vein thrombosis can sometimes cause blood clots from the leg to travel up to the heart and lungs, exposing you to potentially fatal risks.

An IVC filter works to help prevent a pulmonary embolism by catching blood clots and stopping them before they can reach your lungs. You may also need an IVC filter if you’re pregnant.

The procedure for placing an IVC filter is relatively simple. Many professionals can use imaging technology to set the IVC filter through a vein in your neck or groin area through a small incision. An IVC procedure generally takes about an hour from start to finish, and many patients can return home the same day.

Tunneled Pleural Catheter 

If you’ve had to battle fluid in your lungs, a tunneled pleural catheter may help. A tunneled pleural catheter works to drain fluid from your lungs and help improve your breathing.

Ultrasound guidance helps professionals place the catheter under the skin of your chest. The procedure typically takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete, and you may need 2 hours for recovery and observation. The type of procedure you may be eligible for depends on your condition, symptoms, and doctor’s advice.

The first step in restoring your lung function is to get professional advice from the Metropolitan Vascular Institute. Please schedule a consultation with our Waldorf office by calling 301-979-7078.

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