Anticoagulation UK


COVID - 19 Vaccine and anticoagulants

The British Society of Haematology advises that patients with bleeding disorders or taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications, require special consideration as there is a slightly increased risk of bleeding due to the intra-muscular route of administration.

Anticoagulation UK guidance on the use of CBD oil for pain relief

If you are on long term anticoagulation therapy, there may become a time when you need to explore ways to best manage niggles, joint and muscle pains and you may have already discussed pain relief with your clinician when initiating your treatment.

What do Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) mean to you ?

The following leaflet was produced for the purpose of informing patients currently taking Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) and to highlight the importance of having a regular monitoring system in place

Know the Score

A review of the quality of care provided to patients aged over 16 years with a new diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

Corona Virus and Self-testing for Warfarin Patients

Due to the COVID 19 situation, hundreds of warfarin patients are getting in touch with ACUK and posting on our Health Unlocked social platform asking if they can self-test and how they can get a monitor.

Going into hospital? Understand why you should wear anti-embolism stockings

These stockings are designed to reduce the risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) in the legs at times when you are a higher risk of blood clots, such as undergoing an operation or being a medical
patient that is not mobile.

Oral anticoagulation is preferable to injected, but only if it is safe and effective:

 An interview study of patient and carer experience of oral and injected anticoagulant therapy for cancer-associated thrombosis in the select-d trial

Aesthetic Treatment Facts

Are you taking anticoagulants and thinking about having aesthetics treatments then our new fact sheet is a must read before you make a decision to go ahead.

Atrial Fibrillation in the UK

Know the facts of Atrial Fibrillation and understand the risk.

Cancer Associated Thrombosis - Teresas Story

Blood clots pose a very significant risk to cancer patients. Teresa talks about her story.

If you are worried about clots, immediately contact your healthcare team.

The stages of caring

There is a theory that people with caring responsibilities go through stages of caring. Of course we're all different and this won't apply to everyone. Much depends on the way caring happens.

Travel Tips on Anticoagulation Therapy

If you are taking anticoagulation to treat, prevent or reduce the risk of blood clots or stroke risk, you can help manage your treatment with the following tips to aid a stress free trip.

NHS England has introduced guidelines that set out which over the counter items should not be prescribed in primary care

The NHS Clinical Commissioners (the independent collective voice of clinical commissioners) have issued a Healthcare professional’s quick reference guide for conditions for which over the counter items should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.

What’s the difference between atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter?

The term ‘atrial flutter’ is used to describe an unusually fast and irregular heart rhythm. The problem originates in the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) and is brought about by a fault in their electrical circuits.

Blood Clots Cancer and You

Clots are serious but effective treatments are available. Help promote the signs to watch out for.

Cancer-Associated Thrombosis (CAT)

Cancer-Associated Thrombosis (CAT) is a blood clot that occurs in someone with cancer. People who have cancer have a greater risk of developing a blood clot.

Be Clot Clever - Postcard

An overview of what to do if you are going into hospital. Ask for a risk assessment and follows these suggestions to help yourself.

Anticoagulation UK - What we do

An overview of Anticoagulation UK's mission statement., outlining our aims and objectives.

Be Clot Clever - Generic Golf Themed Awareness Poster

Help raise awareness of Blood Clots to members of your local Golf or sporting society.

White Paper on Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most commonly occurring cardiac arrhythmia, and a major cause of stroke, cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. More than 33.5 million people worldwide suffer from AF with 5 million new cases each year.

Cancer-associated thrombosis awareness survey Results report October 2018

Nearly three-quarters of respondents (72%) said that, before taking part in the survey, they were not aware that people with cancer have a higher than normal risk of developing thrombosis; and overall, amongst all respondents, the average (mean) rating of their understanding of cancer-associated thrombosis is only 4.1 out of 10 (the median is 4 out of 10).

Practice guide to dosing of direct acting oral anticoagulants in patients with renal impairment

The dose of direct acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) recommended depends on the indication, concomitant medication and a number of individual patient factors. The dose prescribed should be in line with licensed recommendations to reduce both the risk of thromboembolic events and bleeding complications.

Excellence in anticoagulant care Defining the elements of an excellent anticoagulation service

As part of the wider work in improving the identification and management of atrial fibrillation (AF) across London, high quality anticoagulation services are seen as a priority to ensure that patients with AF at high risk of stroke are optimally protected to prevent ischaemic stroke, avoid adverse events related to anticoagulant treatment, and to ensure that patients are supported with choice, education, access and adherence to treatment.

Out of Range: Audit of anticoagulation management in secondary care in England

This report gathers information obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) Act requests submitted in July 2017 to 149 secondary care NHS Trusts in England. The findings and analysis are based on the Trusts’ responses to the FOI request, which were received by the end of August 2017.

Lets talk about Anticoagulation

Pursuing our aims to help patients and healthcare professional involved in anticoagulation service provision, Anticoagulation UK has produced this animation which provides a comprehensive overview of the current landscape of anticoagulation treatments, associated conditions and the importance of engaging the patient in the decision making process.

A guide to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein and causes a blockage. A DVT usually develops in the calf vein in the leg, but it sometimes also occurs above the knee. A DVT can also develop in other deep veins in your body.

A guide to the Risk, Prevention and Treatment of Blood Clots

If you are being admitted into hospital in the near future or you are currently an inpatient, you may be at risk of developing a blood clot. This guide is intended to help you to learn more about blood clots which can form in your body after illness or surgery and the choice of prevention therapies that are available to you.

La trombosis asociada al cáncer (CAT en inglés) Sea consciente de los trombos (coágulos).

El cáncer es una enfermedad con muchos aspectos a tener en cuenta. Aspectos relacionados con el tratamiento, la enfermedad misma o sus implicaciones en la vida diaria. Uno de los aspectos importantes es la posibilidad de desarrollar una trombosis (coágulo de sangre). Esto se conoce como trombosis asociada al cáncer (CAT).

Trombose Associada ao Cancro (CAT) Esteja atento aos coágulos

O cancro é uma doença com muitos aspetos a considerar. Esses aspetos relacionam-se com o tratamento, com a própria doença e com implicações nas atividades da vida diária. Um dos aspetos mais
importantes é a possibilidade de desenvolver um coágulo de sangue. Esta condição é conhecida como trombose associada ao cancro (CAT).

Θρόμβωση συσχετιζόμενη με καρκίνο Προσοχή στους θρόμβους

Ο καρκίνος είναι μια ασθένεια με πολλές πτυχές οι οποίες πρέπει να λαμβάνονται υπόψη. Αφορούν τη θεραπευτική αγωγή, αυτή καθεαυτήν την ασθένεια και τις συνέπειες στον καθημερινό σας τρόπο ζωής. Μία από τις σημαντικότερες πτυχές είναι η πιθανότητα σχηματισμού θρόμβου αίματος. Η περίπτωση αυτή είναι γνωστή ως Φλεβική Θρομβοεμβολή συσχετιζόμενη με Καρκίνο (ΦΘΕ/Κ).

Thrombose bei Krebs Informationen für Krebspatienten Achten Sie auf Blutgerinnsel

Krebs ist eine Erkrankung, bei der viele Gesichtspunkte zu berücksichtigen sind, die Behandlung, die Erkrankung selbst sowie die Auswirkungen auf Ihr tägliches Leben. Ein wichtiger Aspekt ist die Möglichkeit, ein Blutgerinnsel zu entwickeln. Diesen Zusammenhang bezeichnet man auch als ein durch Krebs bedingtes Thromboserisiko.

Thrombose Associée au Cancer (TAC) Être "Caillot-Vigilant"

Le cancer est une maladie avec de nombreux aspects à prendre en compte. Ces derniers concernent le traitement, la maladie elle-même et les implications sur votre style de vie quotidien. L’un des aspects les plus importants est le développement possible de caillots sanguins. Cette complication doit être connue et reconnue : la Thrombose Associée au Cancer (TAC).

Anticoagulation Therapy to Reduce the Risk of Blood Clots

A guide to Anticoagulation Therapy to Reduce the Risk of Blood Clots. What are Anticoagulants ? Risk Factors. Blood Clots. Treatments.

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)

Rivaroxaban is an anticoagulant medicine that helps to prevent blood from clotting. It does this by interfering with a substance in the body called Factor Xa which is involved in the development of blood clots.

Edoxaban (Lixiana®)

Edoxaban is an anticoagulant medicine that helps to prevent blood from clotting. It does this by interfering with a substance in the body called Factor Xa which is involved in the development of blood clots.

Dabigatran (Pradaxa)

Dabigatran is an oral anticoagulant. It is a direct thrombin inhibitor (DOAC) and helps to prevent blood clots from forming by interfering with thrombin which is an important component of blood clotting.

Apixaban (Eliquis)

Apixaban is an anticoagulant that helps to prevent blood clots
from forming by blocking Factor Xa, which is an important
component of blood clotting.

Going into hospital? Understand how to reduce your risk of developing a blood clot

This booklet has been developed to explain the increased risk of developing blood clots (also known as deep vein thrombosis) in people who have been hospitalised for any reason.

Patient choice of anticoagulants – who to contact if you feel you were not given a choice

If you are advised that you need to take an anticoagulant, it can be helpful and reassuring to discuss the options with your doctor to ensure you are able to make the right choice with their guidance.

Blood Clots Cancer and You (English Version)

This is an educational video funded by LEO Pharma and developed in partnership with Anticoagulation UK (formerly Anticoagulation Europe) with advice of both parties and healthcare professionals.

Blood Clots Cancer and You (Welsh Version)

Fideo addysgol yw hwn wedi'i ariannu gan LEO Pharma a'i ddatbygu mewn partneriaeth ag Anticoagultion UK (gynt Anticoagulation Europe) gyda chyngor cleifion a gweithwyr proffesiynol gofal iechyd.

Living with Atrial Fibrillation

If you are experiencing atrial fi brillation, however, you may notice your heartbeat becoming irregular and speeding up for no apparent reason. These feelings or "palpitations" may occur constantly or only from time to time. They are unpleasant and worrying and they should not be ignored as they may mean that something is seriously wrong with your heart.

When will my clot and pain go away?”

This is a question commonly asked following diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).

What is a Stroke ?

A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. It can affect our bodily functions, thought processing, ability to learn, communication and emotions.


Warfarin is a medication that affects clotting factors that are produced in the liver. This results in your blood taking longer to clot and less likely to form harmful clots.

Warfarin & your dental treatment

It is very important that your dentist knows what medications you are taking and what medical conditions you have. By dentist we also mean your dental hygienist or dental therapist.

List of Anticoagulants
Living with Warfarin

Warfarin tablets in the UK are colour coded to help you take the correct dose. They are available in 5mg (pink), 3mg (blue), 1mg (light brown) and 0.5mg (white). You should remember what dose you
are taking and not just the colour.

Roys story of self testing his INR
Sara talks about her colon cancer and her cancer associated pulmonary embolism
Oral Anticoagulation Fact Sheet

Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACS) Apixaban, Dabigatran, Edoxaban and Rivaroxaban and your dental treatment.

Heart Valve Disease

There are four valves in the heart. Each valve consists of two or three flaps or cusps of tissue that open to let the blood through then seal shut to prevent backflow allowing a one-way flow of blood through the heart.

APPG Annual Survey Results 2018

This year has seen a number of developments in relation to the NHS and healthcare more widely. The NHS turned 70, Matt Hancock MP became the new Secretary of State for Health, and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) have once again been tasked with developing updated healthcare plans for their respective areas.

APPG Annual Survey Results 2017

Next year, the NHS will turn 70 and it is clear that this important milestone comes at a time of unprecedented challenge. Britain’s ageing population and the rise in patients with long-term conditions are stretching the capacity of the NHS and social care services, and a difficult funding settlement is creating pressure to do more with less.

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in Cancer Patients - Cancer, Chemotherapy and Clots (2016)

Since its inception in 2006, the APPTG has produced reports to support the implementation of best practice in VTE prevention in the NHS. Drawing on evidence gathered by surveys of Acute Trusts and CCGs, local case studies and official national statistics, our reports provide a comprehensive overview of progress in implementing best practice; identify areas for future improvement; and offer recommendations on what more can be done to ensure that NHS services are underpinned by high quality VTE prevention and management.

The Prevention and Management of VTE in Care Homes

As the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group (APPTG), I am delighted to launch this report into the current standards for prevention and management of VTE within care homes in England.

Commissioning effective anticoagulation services

In 2012 the first version of the Commissioning effective anticoagulation services for the future, resource pack was developed. This new revised version has been developed and changed significantly since November 2012.

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in Cancer Patients - Cancer, Chemotherapy and Clots (2015)

The APPTG has long been concerned about the risks of VTE in cancer patients, and in particular that awareness of the issue is low in the NHS. This new report was commissioned to establish
the links between cancer, cancer treatment and the increased risks of VTE in England and Wales. The APPTG was also eager to establish if hospitals are providing patients with information
about the risks; and if pathways are in place to manage patients who develop clots whilst undergoing treatment.

Management of VTE in the NHS

As the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group, I am delighted to launch our first report into the management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the NHS.