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September President's Letter


Labor Day heralds the unofficial end of summer.  At NATF, we’ve had our busiest and most productive summer ever.  We hired two new staff members, launched improvements in our website, held informational meetings about thrombosis in diverse communities, and put the finishing touches on our 8th Thrombosis Summit, to be held on Saturday morning, September 20, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.

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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!

SAVE THE DATE! NATF Signature Event 2015

NATF has announced NATF's Signature Event 2015 honoree: Dr. Eugene Braunwald. On March 26, 2015, we will honor Dr. Braunwald at an evening reception at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston, MA. Check back soon for details.

DVT Stories

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Blood Clots (This Could Save Your Life)


"Last year, after celebrating our anniversary at Disneyland, my husband and I drove home to Sacramento. The nine-hour drive was uneventful: we got home late and fell into bed. 

At work the next morning, I climbed the stairs to my office and started my coffee maker. I sat down and took a deep breath. And then another. I was unusually out of breath after walking up just one flight of stairs. Wow, I thought. I'm getting a little out of shape. Time to step it up at the gym..."

Read Stephanie's story.

My experience with DVT/PE

Renee Unterman"Being a Senator, I used to travel a lot, both within and outside the U.S.  I was always in good health, my husband being a cardiologist.  In 2001, I travelled with my family to San Diego, California, for a legislative convention.  One afternoon, I was walking up a flight of stairs in a pair of flat sandals when I suddenly tripped on the edge of a step and immediately felt acute pain in my leg..."

Read Senator Unterman's story.

My family experience with DVT/PE

Rosemary Pye & Mother"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 ... We did think it was genetic, because my father’s mother had died abruptly after surgery.  When my mother had a PE at 98, I found it was on both sides of my family..."

We did think it was genetic, because my father’s mother had died abruptly after surgery.  When my mother had a PE at 98, I found it was on both sides of my family. - See more at: /patients/patient-advocacy/pac-profiles/rosemary-pye/#sthash.kBDxCqVz.dpuf

Read Rosemary's story.

Thrombosis Education

Deep vein thrombosis: a silent danger

DVT Article by Dr. Laddu NATF member Atul Laddu, MD, PhD, FACC raises DVT awareness with an article published in the September/October issue of Healthy Living Made Simple. Dr. Laddu writes, "A current study from the American Heart Association estimates the total econmic burden of illness associated with DVT and PE to reach between $5-8 billion annually--an average of $20,000 per treated patient per year. The good news? These conditions are entirely preventable."

Read the full article.

2014 Thrombosis Summit Video

You won't want to miss all of the great information that Dr. Christian T. Ruff will be presenting on the new novel oral anticoagulants. Register now and hear him speak at our Thrombosis Summit next Saturday.

iQ&A Cardiovascular Intelligence Zone: Comprehensive Thrombosis Care

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NATF President and Board member, Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD, and Global Experts in Thrombosis Medicine Apply Evidence to Patient care in the iQ&A Interactive Thrombosis Intelligence zone.

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Articles and Updates

Laptop camera can do ECG’s work







: 11 September 2014 - With a regular laptop camera and sophisticated software, researchers may be able to detect atrial fibrillation about as accurately as with a standard electrocardiogram, according to a new pilot study.The technology records and analyses video footage of a person’s face and detects subtle shifts in skin color that indicate changes in blood flow.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated with Advanced Screening, Procedures at NY Heart Health Clinics

Leg diagramPR Newswire: 11 September 2014 - "Many Americans have heard that heart disease and stroke are the two leading cardiovascular diseases in the US but most don't realize that deep vein thrombosis, or DVT and resulting pulmonary embolisms rank number three.

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Tips to prevent a DVT while long-distance driving







: 3 September 2014 - Julie, from North Sioux City, asks, 'I do a lot of driving with my job. I am worried about Deep Vein Thrombosis. Am I at risk?'"

A lot of people drive long hours for work including truck drivers. "They are at risk for several reasons," said Artang. "One is when you are sitting, there is less circulation of blood in your legs which places you at risk of having blood clots..."

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