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New study examines psychological impact of pulmonary embolism

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Beth Waldron, Clot Connect Program Director writes….

The physical consequences of thromboembolism (VTE) [=deep vein thrombosis DVT and pulmonary embolism PE] have been extensively reported in the medical literature.  Less documented has been the emotional impact of VTE on patients. This lack of formal study is notable given the extensive research on the psychological impact of other sudden, potentially life-threatening cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke) which has provided clear evidence that such illnesses can result in significant psychological morbidity and contribute to adverse health outcomes.   Read the rest of this entry »

Psychological Impact of Having a Blood Clot

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Beth Waldron, Program Director of Clot Connect writes…

The person diagnosed with a blood clot may develop depression and anxiety, particularly if the clot was extensive and life-threatening.  This can be difficult to deal with.  Emotional states (such as depression, anxiety, happiness and optimism) have been shown to influence health outcomes in many medical conditions. ([1],[2],[3])  However, very little research has been done examining the psychological impact of a blood clot on a patient’s health outcome.

What is known about the psychological impact of having a blood clot? 

High levels of anxiety, depression and psychological stress have been reported among patients with deep vein thrombosis-DVT or pulmonary embolism-PE (DVT and PE are referred to collectively as VTE or venous thromboembolism).([4],[5]) This may be attributed to several factors: Read the rest of this entry »

Thrombophilia and Insurance

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Liz Varga, Certified Genetic Counselor, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus OH writes….

Some people may have concerns about genetic testing for clotting disorders (thrombophilias) for fear of genetic discrimination.  Fortunately in the United States, we have laws in place that can alleviate this concern. Read the rest of this entry »