Anticoagulants are prescribed to prevent harmful blood clots that can lead to stroke. They are designed to prevent or treat clots, but can increase the risk of bleeding. Patients and carers need advice and information about how these medicines work, and their potential side effects.
Our new video, 'Starting Anticoagulation with Jack' has been developed to meet this need for patients, their family and carers after anticoagulants have been prescribed. It explains about clotting and why abnormal clots can form as people age. The different types of medicines are shown, and Jack and his son talk about Jack’s concerns, side effects and sources of support.
We know that many people taking anticoagulants don't fully understand what side effects to look out for, or when to seek help. Starting Anticoagulation with Jack has been created to prevent people becoming unwell while on anticoagulant medicines, and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital.
Please share this film and Patient Information Leaflet (available on the right-hand side of this page and below):
Jack is also sharing his experiences on twitter @Stoptheclots and on Facebook (search for Starting Anticoagulation with Jack).
If you would like to embed the video on your own website, click the Contact Us button below and we will be happy to help. A subtitled version is also available below.
Once you've watched the film, we would be grateful for your feedback via our brief online survey