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Dedicated to providing patients and healthcare providers with the information they need to combat thrombosis, The Beat features a wide range of articles, including updates on ground breaking research being done in the field of thrombosis, patient profiles, heart healthy tips from medical experts, healthy recipes specifically chosen for patients with thrombosis, and updates on the ever-growing programs that NATF puts on throughout the year. Readers get a first-hand look at NATF’s upcoming events and initiatives.

In addition, The Beat also features an “Ask the Expert” section where thrombosis specialists address questions from patients, covering topics that range aneurysms of the aorta to blood clot formation.

A VTE Limerick - Written by Vic Tapson, MD

Presented at ACC 2017

DVT, PE, and Post-thrombotic Syndrome

If you sit and just talk on your cell

Or lie in bed ‘cause you’re not feeling well

Your blood may stagnate

And coagulate

Your thrombosis may then hurt like hell.

Or maybe you won’t feel a thing

Not an ache or a pain or a sting

A big silent clot

That may or may not

Loosen up and break off and take wing...(continued)

PEPPER Trial Looking For Participants

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The PEPPER trial is investigating which blood thinner is best for patients to use after total hip and knee replacement surgery to prevent blood clots. Researchers are currently looking to enroll 25,000 patients across 25 sites in North America. To learn more and to find out if the trial is recruiting near you, visit the PEPPER trial's website. If you would like to participate, please contact the program manager, Carol Lambourne at 843-792-2913 or


Anticoagulation Forum's 14th Biennial Conference On Antithrombotic Therapy

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April 20-22, 2017

Los Angeles, CA

Early Bird Registration Ends December 15

3-Day symposium will bring together medical professionals in fields ranging from cardiology and hematology to pharmacy and family medicine for discussions on current research and evidence-based practices in the field of antithrombotic therapy.  In addition to presentations by leading experts, the conference will feature small, topic-specific master classes, a "meet the expert" breakfast, poster sessions and industry exhibits.

For more information and to register, visit

Upcoming Events

2017 Spring Patient Program
Thursday, April 13
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Boston, MA


For this program, entitled 'Pushing the Envelope in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Novel Risk Factors, New Therapies, and One Brave Idea', four experts in the field of Thrombosis Medicine will share updates including innovative ways to prevent and treat diabetes and metabolic syndrome, whether a simple blood test can predict your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, new medications to lower cholesterol, and a glimpse into the largest ever research project to cure heart disease.

More Information
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Online PE/DVT Patient Support Group  


Offering patients the chance to ask questions, share common concerns, support one another, and learn up-to-date and accurate information about VTE.  In upcoming months, we will have alternating physicians serving as moderators for group, each with their own perspective.

Upcoming Support Group Dates: April 24th at 7:00 pm with John Fanikos RPh, MBA, the Director of Pharmacy at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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Thrombosis Education

New Research Explores Gender and VTE

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What different outcomes do men and women face when it comes to VTE? – See More

The Emergency Department For a Recurrent Blood Clot: What to Expect

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If you’ve had PE or DVT previously, it can be hard to differentiate between the pain brought on from a previous episode and possible symptoms of a new issue. Here's a closer look at when you should seek medical care and what to expect. – See More

Spreading Support Across North America

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The North American Thrombosis Forum is doubling down on its commitment to supporting patients and caregivers. NATF is proud to announce that it will be expanding its successful support group program beyond Boston, spreading new in-person support groups across North America. – See More

Ask An Expert – What are NOACs?

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What are non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and how are they managed differently from Warfarin? – See More

Which Anticoagulant is Right For Me?

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For many years, Warfarin was the only oral anticoagulant commonly used to treat blood clots. In the past five years, the FDA has approved four new oral anticoagulants for the treatment of DVT, PE, and SPAF. Find out the differences between the five FDA-approved oral anticoagulants. – View the chart







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