Coumadin, also known as warfarin, is an anticoagulant that is used for many different reasons. The word anticoagulant means “against blood clotting.” Anticoagulants help the body control the way blood clots build inside your blood vessels. Coumadin does not dissolve clots, but it does help prevent clots from forming inside blood vessels.
What is the anticoagulation clinic?
Our clinic offers education and effective anticoagulation management for patients receiving Coumadin therapy. The anticoagulation clinic helps the patient understand therapy, as well as food and drug interactions. Our team is available for ongoing communication and to answer questions. With a simple finger-stick test, we offer immediate laboratory results, helping the patient to maintain PT/INR in the desired therapeutic range.
How can the clinic help me?
There are many factors that affect anticoagulation medication. Registered nurses, who help determine your needs, staff the clinic. Factors addressed in the evaluation include diet, lifestyle, medical history, and current medications. Baseline information is evaluated and Coumadin therapy is adjusted based on specific physician orders. Our team will discuss the findings with the patient and physician, ensuring that an open line of communication is maintained. After an initial visit, future tests or consultations will be scheduled for continued management of Coumadin therapy, with a goal of monthly testing. Our clinic can also provide telemanaged care to patients receiving home health services or those in a skilled-nursing or assisted-living facility.
Why do I need to have my blood checked?
Maintaining the proper Coumadin dosing is important. If you do not have enough Coumadin in your blood, you may develop blood clots, which can cause a variety of complications, such as stroke or pulmonary embolism. If you have too much Coumadin in your blood, you may experience bleeding complications, including nosebleeds, bleeding from your gums, or blood in your stool or urine. That’s why it is so important to have INR tested at least once a month, or as frequently as the physician requests.
How are appointments scheduled?
Physician referral is required. Either the patient or the physician’s office can call for an appointment. The patient will usually be seen the next business day following a referral.