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The diagnosis of a hereditary clotting disorder can provoke anxiety in many patients, especially those who require lifelong therapy with warfarin. A number of resources are available to educate these patients about their disorder and the management of it.

A wealth of information is available for patients to access on the Internet. Some reliable Web sites include:

? comprehensive site for health care providers, patients, and caregivers; frequent updates on recent studies as well as educational materials on a variety of management issues

? information, patient education, helpful links to information about warfarin treatment

? educational materials for patients and caregivers that explain deep vein thrombosis, unstable angina, the clotting mechanism, and the cardiovascular system

? to patients living with Factor V Leiden disorder and other types of thrombophilia

? National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia (NATT), a grassroots advocacy network. Newsletters, patient stories, research news, and general information dedicated to patients with thrombosis or thrombophilia are included.

Dr. Garrett is a clinical pharmacist practitioner at Cornerstone Health Care in High Point, NC.

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