Patients Educating Patients

Below is our media library for PEP Talk — our virtual patient educational webinar series recorded live on the second Tuesday of every month, and our Mini PEP Talk webinar series, which are shorter, pre-recorded sessions.

PEP Talk  provides much needed and valuable support, resources, and recovery guidance for individuals who have been impacted by blood clots.

PEP Talk should not be considered as medical advice. Please consult directly with your healthcare provider for medical advice.

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Upcoming Episodes

  • Second Annual Compression Discussion: July 9, 2024 Register
  • The Role of Primary Care Physicians in Blood Clot Diagnosis, Treatment and Care: Aug. 13, 2024 Register
  • Blood Clots Across Diverse Identities: A Look at the Impact of Race, Ethnicity and Gender: Sept. 10, 2024 Register
  • Safe Surgery Summit: Preventing Hospital-Associated Blood Clots and Securing Your Post-Procedure Health: Oct. 8, 2024 Register
  • Beyond Clots: Navigating Post-Thrombotic Syndrome, CTEPH and CTED: Nov. 12, 2024 Register
  • Bleeding Risk on Anticoagulants: Differentiating Nuisances From Emergencies: Dec. 10, 2024 Register


PEP Talk: Blood Clot Risk Factors Unique to Women

Dr. Anna Parks of the University of Utah Health explains why women have unique risk factors for blood clots and how women can protect themselves.


PEP Talk: Decoding the Link Between Autoimmune Disease and Blood Clots


Dr. Jordan Schaefer and Dr. Jason Knight, both of University of Michigan Health, discuss the connection between autoimmune conditions and blood clots.


PEP Talk: Ask the Expert Rapid-Fire Q&A

Dr. Sam Berkman, clinical professor of medicine at UCLA and a member of our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, joins us for a rapid-fire Q&A session on all things blood clots.


PEP Talk: Exercise, Anticoagulation and Weight Loss After Blood Clots

Dr. Jean Connors, hematologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, leads our discussion on the connection between obesity and blood clots and how to prevent them.

PEP Talk: Orthopedic Surgery and Blood Clots

Dr. Sam Berkman, clinical professor of medicine at UCLA, explains why orthopedic surgery is a risk factor for blood clots and how patients can protect themselves from this potentially fatal complication.

PEP Talk: Anticoagulation and Reversal Agents

Anticoagulants play a vital role in preventing blood clots. However, it’s equally important to be aware of anticoagulant reversal agents, especially in case of emergencies or surgery. Learn more about anticoagulant reversal agents, their importance, and when and how they might be needed.

PEP Talk: Will Mechanical Thrombectomy Change the Standard of Care for Blood Clot Patients?

Learn more about this innovative treatment, its evolving applications, and its impact on the blood clot community. Our esteemed speaker, Dr. Carin Gonsalves, MD, FSIR, will provide detailed insights into the procedure, the pros and cons of mechanical thrombectomy, and its future implications.

PEP Talk: Blood Clots and Compression: The Do’s, Don’ts and What You Should Know

Did you know that not all compression methods are the same? Learn when compression is effective, when you should use it, and the different types.

PEP Talk: Women’s Health and VTE Through the Eyes of Elite Athletes

In recognition of Women’s Health Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, two elite athletes — Paralympic track and field athlete Tatyana McFadden and Olympic swimmer Katie Hoff — and Dr. Rachel Rosovsky of Massachusetts General Hospital will join us to discuss how blood clots have affected their lives; their road to diagnosis; and how they became their own health advocates. All women are invited to join our discussion.

PEP Talk: May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS) – What You Need to Know About It


Learn what you need to know about MTS from Dr. Suresh Vedantham, Professor of Radiology & Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and NBCA Medical and Scientific Advisory Board Member; and Sarah Lemire, Lifestyle Reporter for and MTS patient.

PEP Talk: Learn How to Take Action and Advocate to Help Stop the Clot

Learn how to communicate with your state representatives and work with NBCA to support important policy initiatives.

PEP Talk: How to Adjust, Overcome, and Lower Risk for Blood Clot Recurrence 

Learn from Dr. Amy Rapkiewicz and Dr. Rachel Rosovsky about the role that obesity plays in blood clot occurrence and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and reducing risk factors to minimize blood clot recurrence rates. Thank you to Cardinal Health for sponsoring this PEP Talk.

PEP Talk: Family Health History – Genetic Testing & VTE 

Hear from Elizabeth Varga, Director of Clinical Genomics Research and Development at Nationwide Children’s Hospital who has almost 20 years of experience as a genetic counselor and helping families understand how genetic information impacts their lives.

PEP Talk: The Emotional Aftermath of Blood Clots – Unpacking the CLUES Study

PTSD after having a blood clot is very normal. Learn how the CLUES survey results are being used to educate healthcare providers , and learn more about mental health after a blood clot diagnosis.

PEP Talk: Anticoagulants – The Past, the Present, and the Future

Learn about the history of anticoagulation drugs, how they have evolved, and hear directly from a leading researcher about the next generation of anticoagulants currently being developed.

PEP Talk: VTE and HE

Learn why men are at an increased risk for VTE and what those risk factors are, Factor V Leiden, athletes risk for blood clots (especially at higher elevations), and how men can protect themselves from a recurrence.

PEP Talk: VTE and SHE

Learn about the unique blood clot risk factors that women have throughout their life cycle.

Mini PEP Talk Webcast Series

Episode 1: Covid-19 Treatment Options for Blood Clot Patients on Anticoagulants

Joined by special guest and NBCA Medical and Scientific Advisory Board Member, Dr. Caroline Cromwell, a hematologist and the Director of Thrombosis Services at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Episode 2: Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS), Causes, Treatments, &  The CTRACT Study

Joined by special guest and NBCA Medical and Scientific Advisory Board Member, Dr. Suresh Vedantham, Professor of Radiology & Surgery at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Episode 3: Holiday Travel Tips for VTE Prevention

As holidays or vacation time approaches, it is never too early to think about protecting yourself from the risk of blood clots when you travel. Learn travel tips from fellow blood clot patients who think about this every day: Leslie Lake, NBCA President and Todd Robertson, NBCA Board Member and Patient Liaison.

Episode 4: Menstrual Bleeding and Anticoagulation: What Patients Need to Know 

PEP Talk Episode 4 features Dr. Bethany Samuelson Bannow, who discusses everything patients need to know about menstrual bleeding on anticoagulants. Learn if anticoagulants contribute to heavy bleeding, when patients should be concerned about heavy bleeding, and what is normal, vs. what is not normal.

Episode 5: Lupus Anticoagulants and the Testing Required for Diagnosis

Learn more about lupus anticoagulants and the testing required for diagnosis from LaShanta Brice who is a scientific engagement and clinical educator at Stago.

Episode 6: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Heart Health

Learn from Dr. Alejandra Gutierrez Bernal about how heart disease and reduced cardiac function increase risk for VTE and how VTE can lead to right heart strain.

Episode 7: Blood Clots and Mental Health


It’s normal for blood clot patients to struggle with their mental health after a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis diagnosis. That’s why we’re pleased to share our latest Mini PEP Talk, Blood Clots and Mental Health. Our guest is Dr. Deb Elliott-DeSorbo, a licensed clinical psychologist with the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and blood clot survivor. This discussion is a must-watch for anyone who has experienced issues around mental health after a blood clot.

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