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Use of Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) in Pulmonary Embolism

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Stephan Moll, MD writes…

The large clinical trial comparing  Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) with warfarin in the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed pulmonary embolism (PE) was published in the New England Journal of Medicine March 26th, 2012, showing that Xarelto was (a) as effective as warfarin in preventing new clots, (b) caused the same amount of overall clinically relevant bleeding, and (c) caused less major bleeding. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Ways to Communicate Better with your Doctor at your Next Office Visit

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Beth Waldron, Program Director of Clot Connect writes…

Research has shown that effective communication between a patient and their doctor can improve the patient’s health outcome.[i]  If you have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE), you understandably have many questions.  In an ideal world, a health care provider would have enough time to answer all your questions clearly.  In today’s busy health care environment, this often doesn’t happen.

How can you make the best use of limited time with your doctor during an office visit?  Coming to an office visit prepared and organized is essential to communicating quickly and effectively your concerns.  Here are some tips:

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Update – The Clot Connect Project

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Clot Connect is a collaborative outreach project led by the University of North Carolina Blood Clot Outreach Program. Clot Connect engages community partners to develop and deliver blood clot education programs for both patients and health care professionals.

The progress:

  • The Clot Connect website is now online, accessible at www.clotconnect.org.    This format will be the project’s initial public calling card until funds can be secured to develop greater web site capabilities. Read the rest of this entry »