“A Patient’s Guide to Recovery after Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism”, authored by UNC Clot Connect program’s Beth Waldron, MA and Stephan Moll, MD, was recently published in the journal Circulation.
The three-page handout for patients answers common questions encountered after diagnosis of DVT or PE, such as:
- How long will I need treatment with an anticoagulant?
- Which anticoagulant will I receive?
- How do the oral anticoagulant choices available compare?
- When will my clot and pain go away?
- How soon can I be physically active?
- Is it normal to feel anxious or depressed after a clot?
- What kind of doctor do I need?
“It takes both an informed patient and health care professional partnering together for the most optimal health outcome”, said Beth Waldron, Clot Connect Program Director. “Patients have many diverse questions following the diagnosis of DVT or PE and I hope this educational handout will facilitate the discussion between a patient and their clinician.”
“I encourage physicians and other health care professionals to utilize this handout with their patients newly diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism” said Dr. Stephan Moll, Clot Connect Medical Director. “Additionally, I encourage them to make their patients aware of the many resources available on clotconnect.org, as well as take advantage of the evidence-based resources we have available for clinicians related to the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism. Through the Clot Connect program, we are striving to meet the educational needs of both health care professionals and patients.”
About Clot Connect
Clot Connect (clotconnect.org) is an education outreach project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center. Clot Connect offers patients and healthcare professionals connection to clinically relevant education resources on venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), thrombophilia and anticoagulation. Since 2010, over 700,000 people have utilized the program’s online information clearinghouse, clotconnect.org, to gain information on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of venous thromboembolism.