For Patients

Educational handouts

Clot Connect is developing educational materials which will be available on this website for download, printing and sharing.  


Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary embolism (PE):  Information for Newly Diagnosed Patients

  • The 30 page comprehensive guide covers a wide range of topics of interest to newly diagnosed patients including:

    • Blood clot basics:  What is a blood clot? What causes a blood clot? Diagnosis:   Tests and imaging studies
    • Treatment:   Anticoagulants, thrombolytic therapy, IVC filters
    • Preventing complications: Post-thrombotic syndrome, pulmonary hypertension
    • Emotional impact of a blood clot
    • Common questions
    • Anatomical graph of the veins


A Patient's Guide to DVT and PE

  • A 3-page patient guide published in the Journal Circulation.


DVT and PE:  The Basics

  • A one page (front and back) handout  Includes:
    • Symptoms
    • Risk factors
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Prevention


Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT)

  •  Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a serious side-effect that can happen when treated with heparin.


Sinus and Cerebral Vein Thrombosis

  • A blood clot in the veins that drain blood from the brain is called a sinus or cerebral vein thrombosis. This is a patient guide published in the journal Circulation.


INR Self-Testing

  • Detailed information about home-testing of INR for patients taking warfarin (Counadin, Jantoven)


Compression stocking use after DVT

  • Information about compression stockings.


Natural supplements, herbs, vitamins, food:  do any prevent blood clots? 

  • Information on supplements, herbs, vitamins and food said to 'thin the blood' and prevent clots. 


Comparison of oral blood thinners

  • Information on oral anticoagulant choices for DVT/PE



  • Lists the symptoms and risk factors of DVT and PE