PEP Talk: Patients Educating Patients

Have you been recently diagnosed with a blood clot and have questions about your recovery? Please join NBCA via zoom the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm EST for a virtual patient to patient support group for DVT and PE survivors. Topics throughout 2022 will focus on women’s health, men’s health, mental health, lifestyle changes, treatment options, frequently asked questions, and family health history. We will also be featuring a variety of guest speakers – both patients and health professionals – throughout the year. The goal of each PEP Talk is to provide much needed and valuable support, resources, and recovery guidance for individuals who have been impacted by blood clots.

Meet the Hosts:

Leslie Lake

In 2018, Leslie suffered a bilateral pulmonary embolism (PE). Her quest to learn more about venous thromboembolism (VTE) led her to the National Blood Clot Alliance. Despite living in New York City, Leslie was shocked by the lack of information available to her after her PE. Leslie volunteers her time to lead the organization and is committed to raising public awareness so no person affected by blood clots is without the necessary information they need to prevent or successfully treat VTE, and that they also have the information they need to navigate the spectrum of lifestyle issues that can follow a blood clot diagnosis. Outside of work, Leslie is an avid equestrian, dog mom, and resides in Manhattan.

Todd Robertson

In 2011, Todd suffered the first of six blood clots and in 2017 experienced a close call with his first pulmonary embolism. He is a carrier of the inherited clotting disorder, factor V Leiden, and is homozygous, making him aggressive in the abnormal clotting department. He is a motivational speaker for blood clot trauma recovery and is a local patient advocate for new patients. He is working on his first book, “Blood Clots: A Road Map to Recovery”. Todd runs several Facebook support groups, including Team Stop the Clot® Facebook Support Group and has developed a level of trust and friendship with thousands of patients over the years. He loves to road and mountain bike, white water canoe, and stays active all year round. You can find Todd outside with his dog, Jett, who is his paddleboard partner and best friend!


PEP Talk Agenda

March PEP Talk: “Newly Diagnosed, Now What?”

March 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EST

Have you been recently diagnosed with a blood clot and have questions about your recovery?
Join pulmonary embolism survivors and board members, Leslie Lake and Todd Robertson on March 1, 2022 at 7 pm EST for NBCA’s first monthly patient to patient virtual support group for DVT and PE survivors.

April PEP Talk: “Patient FAQ’s with Pulmonologist, Dr. Victor Tapson”

April 5, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EST

What’s next after your blood clot diagnosis? Join us Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm EST for our second PEP Talk focusing on your blood clot journey. Join us for FAQ with Pulmonologist, Dr. Victor Tapson, MD, as he answers patient questions and addresses who should be on your healthcare team.

May PEP Talk: “VTE and SHE – What Every Women Needs to Know about Blood Clots Throughout Her Life Cycle”

May 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EST

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Join us as we celebrate Women’s Health Month and focus on the unique blood clot risk factors that women have throughout their life cycle. We have an incredible all-female panel that will unpack female risk factors at all ages, provide prevention education, and talk about how they became their own health advocates.

June PEP Talk: “VTE and HE – Unpacking the Male Blood Clot Experience”

June 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EST

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Topics will focus on 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.

-No July PEP Talk-

August PEP Talk: Beyond the Physical Impact of Blood Clots – The Emotional Aftermath

August 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EST

Open to patients AND providers

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Join us for our August PEP Talk where we will be sharing (for the first time) the results of our CLUES survey – A Critical Look at Understanding the Emotional Suffering of Blood Clot Survivors.
You are not alone – PTSD after having a blood clot is very normal. Register today to learn how your survey results are being used to educate healthcare providers on this very important topic, and learn more about mental health after a blood clot diagnosis.

September PEP Talk: Anticoagulants – The Past, the Present, and the Future. What Every Patient Needs to Know.

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Join us for September PEP Talk as we discuss the different anticoagulant treatment options for blood clot patients. 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 hosts Leslie Lake and Todd Robertson will be joined by NBCA Board Member, Gary Raskob, Ph.D., who has been involved with the development of anticoagulants for over 30 years. Gary is the Senior Vice President and Provost and Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

October PEP Talk: FAQ’s with Hematologist

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November PEP Talk: Patient Questions about Family Health History and Genetic Testing

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December PEP Talk: Lifestyle Changes – How to Adjust, Overcome, and Lower Risk of Recurrence

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Are you interested in sponsoring a PEP Talk? Email Tarin Patrikis: for more information

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