March is DVT Awareness Month.
March also marks the month of NATF's Annual Membership Drive. It is the perfect time for current members to renew their NATF membership, and for new members to sign up and join.
Your membership dues help support the educational and advocacy activities of NATF, including those online. NATFonline.org, our website offers an array of new and archived programs related to the epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of pulmonary embolism, DVT, stroke, and heart attack.
Click here to read the full President's Letter.
These accredited educational videos, filmed at the 2013 NATF Thrombosis Summit, will provide you with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary overview of major issues concerning acute coronary syndromes (ACS), stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF), and venous thromboembolism (VTE).
NATF members have access to the most up-to-date program materials, including video lectures and slide presentations from the 2013 Thrombosis Summit Weekend. Click here to learn more about becoming a member.
NATF Assumes Management of the DVT Coalition
In February 2003, more than 70 organizations assembled at the Public Health Leadership Conference on Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in Washington, D.C. to discuss the urgent need to make DVT a major U.S. public health priority. As a result of this meeting, which was co-hosted by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and funded by Sanofi-Aventis, participants agreed to establish a Coalition of organizations committed to educating the public and healthcare community about DVT.
Read more about the NATF and DVT Coalition merge here.
News from NATF Georgia Volunteers
NATF Georgia Group of Volunteers hosted a booth at the Georgia State Capitol on February 18 to promote DVT awareness.
Watch the full video here.
NATF Summit Highlights
Gregory Piazza, MD, MS, gives commentary on two lectures from the NATF Summit: VTE and Cancer, and Heart Failure and Thrombosis. Watch below!
Online CME Program
Program Chairs Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD, and Christian Ruff, MD, of Harvard Medical School, lead an international faculty of thrombosis experts as they gather together to analyze the latest landmark trials—ENGAGE AG-TIMI 48 and Hokusai-VTE—evaluating edoxaban for SPAF and the treatment of acute VTE.
When a Cramp Is Actually a Clot
The Atlantic: 26 February 2014 - Deep-vein thrombosis is often mistaken by both patients and doctors for something else. I was suspicious of what I thought was a runner's cramp, and got lucky.
Read the article here.
Contact-Sensing Catheter Gets FDA OK for AF
MedPageToday: 26 February 2014 - The FDA has approved a new radiofrequency ablation catheter that provides real-time feedback about the amount of contact the catheter is making with the heart tissue, maker Biosense Webster announced.
Read the article here.
Iron deficiency may increase stroke risk through sticky blood
Imperial College London: 19 February 2014 - The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, could ultimately help with stroke prevention.
Every year, 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke. Nearly six million die and another five million are left permanently disabled.
Read the full article here.