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.
A 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 discuss concerns, side effects and sources of support.
You can watch the short video and view a patient information leaflet on the Wessex Academic Health Science Network website: www.wessexahsn.org.uk/jack