New Patient Resource Guide

Last updated May 5, 2023

If you have been diagnosed with a blood clot, you know that this is a life-changing experience and can be upsetting and confusing. You may be asking yourself: What is a blood clot? How did this happen to me? Will I be okay? Will my life ever be the same? These are important questions that deserve to be answered. The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) developed this guide for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers to help answer common questions and provide the resources to help you navigate life, post-diagnosis. Blood clots can be deadly, but you are a survivor.

What is in the New Patient Resource Guide?

  • What is a Blood Clot?
  • Blood Clotting Disorders (Thrombophilia)
  • Genetic Testing for Thrombophilia
  • Blood Clot Recovery Timeline
  • Medical Team
  • Blood Clot Treatment
  • INR Testing
  • How to Prevent a Recurrence
  • Blood Clot Complications
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor
  • FAQ’s
  • NBCA Resources

New Patient Resource Guide

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Download this guide in Spanish. (Descarga esta guía en español).

Order Copies for Your Clinic! 

*Hard copies are only currently available in English.

If you are a healthcare provider or part of a hospital or organization who sees VTE patients, get hard copies of our New Patient Guide for your clinic at no charge – just pay shipping. Blood clot patients receive little to no information after a diagnosis in the hospitalyou can help change that! It’s easy:

  1. Visit our webstore
  2. Order a minimum of 10 guides
  3. Just pay for shipping

NBCA Additional Resources

NBCA is here for you. We answer every email that we receive.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to You can also connect with NBCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. You can still live life to the fullest and be your best self after a blood clots diagnosis. Join our NBCA Facebook support group or register for our monthly virtual patient support group, PEP Talk: Patients Educating Patients to learn how.

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It is important to note that this new patient guide does not replace medical advice. Please consult your physician should you have any medical questions. 

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