Vascular Disease Foundation and Inspire Launch Online Support Community

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New online virtual community connects families, friends, and caregivers coping with vascular disease on topics such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), aneurysms, varicose veins and more. Located at this free community will connect families, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration.

The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) today announced the launch of a new online community that connects families, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration. Located at, the community will allow registered members to take part in moderated discussion groups and post personal blogs, enabling them to support one another through their individual journeys and experiences on topics such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), aneurysms, varicose veins and more.

Those joining the community will find coping strategies and answers to their questions, as well as vital support, compassion, encouragement, and inspiration from others sharing experiences similar to theirs. Registration is free; upon joining, members will have complete control of their privacy options and can communicate with others in a safe, secure environment.

Among the many features the online VDF Support Group offers, members can:

  •     Participate in discussion groups – or even just read what others have to say
  •     Post personal profiles – share as much or as little as they’d like about themselves
  •     Post personal photos or videos (optional)
  •     Invite other members to be friends
  •     Create a personal journal (or “blog”) where they can express their feelings and allow others to


  •     Read others’ journals to learn about their experiences

About Inspire
Founded in 2005 and based in Princeton, NJ, Inspire builds and manages online health-focused communities in which patients, their caregivers, and their families can support and communicate with one another in a safe, secure, privacy-protected environment. By enabling those affected by medical conditions to seek out and help one another, we foster the creation of vibrant, effective, and close-knit social networks. To date, Inspire’s 145,000+ members have written more than 1,000,000 posts and over 162 million words.

About the Vascular Disease Foundation
The Vascular Disease Foundation is a national, nonprofit, public education organization dedicated to fighting vascular disease and improving the vascular health of Americans by increasing awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and management of vascular disease. It has been a leader in disease awareness and advocacy through its Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition and Venous Disease Coalition. For more information, visit or call 888-VDF-4INFO (888.833.4463).


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