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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


Upcoming Events

2017 Thrombosis Summit
Saturday, September 16
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Boston, MA


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National PERT Consortium's 3rd Annual Symposium

June 23 – 24, 2017
Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin H Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA

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Pulmonary Embolism
What is Known, and What We Need to Know

State of the Art and Scientific Update

This two day symposium will address core issues in pulmonary embolism such as improving detection, care coordination, and decision-making in managing patients with PE while expanding our knowledge of the underlying mechanisms, optimal initial treatment, and long-term follow-up for PE. Hear world renowned experts describe their approach to PE.

Find out more

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:

  • May 30th at 7:00 pm
    Dr. Gregory Piazza, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Staff Physician in the Cardiovascular Medicine Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Dr. Piazza will host an "Ask the Expert" session, where he will spend an hour addressing attendees' important questions.

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Thrombosis Education

Inflammation, Diet, and Health: What You Need to Know

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By understanding how your behavior contributes to inflammation, you can reduce your risk of developing health issues. One way you can do that is by monitoring your diet. – See More

Birth Control: What You Need to Know

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Birth control is a powerful medication that many people benefit from. However, women who are prescribed hormone-based contraceptives often aren't educated properly about their risk of blood clots. – See More

IVC Filters: A Closer Look

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Inferior vena cava filters are a form of preventative treatment for pulmonary embolism (PE). While they are an important tool in the world of thrombosis, there is a lot of confusion about what these filters do and who they should be used for. – See More

RE-CIRCUIT Trial Results Compare Dabigatran and Warfarin

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New data suggests that uninterrupted dabigatran may be safer than uninterrupted warfarin when treating atrial fibrillation patients undergoing catheter ablation. – 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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