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August President's Letter


Our staff and Board Members are preparing for the 8th NATF Thrombosis Summit, to be held in Boston at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel on Saturday morning, September 20. This Summit serves as our most important live educational activity each year.

You can register now at because space and availability will be limited.

The Thrombosis Summit will feature a diverse and talented faculty speaking on topics relevant to all concerned with maximizing cardiovascular health.

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September 20, 2014: Save the Date for the NATF Thrombosis Summit!

Participate in NATF's largest educational event, the Annual Thrombosis Summit, on Saturday, September 20, 2014! Check back soon for details and registration information.

Help prioritize educational topics of importance to patients & families for DVT/PE prevention!!

NATF has collaborated with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutional Review Board, to embark on an important project to build patient education for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Scroll down to participate in this project!

DVT Stories

"My family experience with DVT/PE"


What is our story? I had a PE 15 years ago and a DVT a year later. The first question I am always asked is what were the symptoms. For the PE, I had no symptoms until I had shortness of breath and a rapid pulse for no apparent reason.

Read Rosemary's story.

'American Idol' finalist Michael Johns dead at 35

Michael Johns

(CNN) 4 August 2014 -- A one-time "American Idol" finalist has died, the show's official Facebook page announced.

"Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing," a joint statement from Fox, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment said.

Read the full article.

Thrombosis Education

2014 Thrombosis Summit Video

Dr. Goldhaber discusses NATF's upcoming Thrombosis Weekend, which will take place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, September 19-20.

To register, visit:

New CMEducation program

Program 1 - Comprehensive Tm

Program Co-Chairs Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD and Christian T. Ruff, MD, of Harvard Medical School, discuss the foundation role of oral Factor Xa and direct thrombin inhibitors stroke prevention in atrial firbrillation and acute treatment of VTE.

See more here.

Patient Advocacy Committee Update

Kathryn Mikkelsen, co-chair of the Patient Advocacy Committee, discusses a few of the committee's upcoming plans and initiatives.

Articles and Updates

TNRI lawyer appointed chairman of Assocham UK

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 At 8.27.54 AMThe Times of India: 13 August 2014 - Vijay Goel, a leading London-based lawyer, has been appointed as the chairman of the UK's unit of Assocham.

Goel, senior partner of Singhania & Co, one of the largest Indian law firms, is a lawyer predominantly focused on promoting businesses between the UK and Europe

Read the article here.

Your Mind is Your Ally in the Fight Against AFib

Young -woman -doing -yoga -190x 155Cleveland Clinic:13 August 2014 - Emotions are closely linked to heart function, and atrial fibrillation is no exception. Experts say patients can use biofeedback and relaxation methods like yoga for a calming effect on afib.

Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart rhythm disorder in which the top part of your heart beats extremely rapidly and erratically. Getting older increases your risk of atrial fibrillation, and there are more cases of afib in the U.S. now than ever before.

Read the article here.

DRDO lab detects reason behind thrombosis

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 At 8.18.28 AMThe Times of India: 13 August 2014 - LEH: For the first time ever, Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), a DRDO laboratory, has found out the cause of thrombosis (formation of blood clots in legs, brain, lungs, etc) among soldiers posted at high altitudes of Siachen. This will enable them develop biomarkers which can diagnose thrombosis early and provide timely treatment.

Read more here.

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