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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 DVT and PE

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Beth Waldron, Program Director of Clot Connect, writes…

The patient diagnosed with VTE (venous thromboembolism) may develop depression and anxiety, particularly if the clot was extensive and life-threatening.  However, evaluation of the care and outcome of patients with VTE is often focused upon the visible short-term effects of a clot, such as:  Has the acute clotting episode resolved?  Are chronic pain, swelling, or other post-thrombotic issues well managed? Has there been any bleeding associated with anticoagulation?  Has there been a VTE recurrence?  However, a comprehensive evaluation should include a consideration of a patient’s emotional state and the impact of the VTE event on the patient’s quality of life.  Emotional states (such as depression, anxiety, happiness and optimism) have been shown to influence health outcomes in many medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease.([1],[2],[3])  In respect to VTE, however, very little research has been done examining the psychological impact of VTE on a patient’s health outcome.

What is scientifically known about the psychological impact of VTE?

High levels of anxiety, depression and psychological stress have been reported among VTE patients.([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 patients or their family members may be concerned about genetic testing for thrombophilias for fear of genetic discrimination.  Fortunately in the United States, laws are in place that can alleviate this concern.  Read the rest of this entry »