Our offices help provide monitoring for our patients taking Coumadin and other alternative blood thinning medications. We monitor the International Normalized Ratio (INR) for blood clotting capability of the blood. Registered nurses will be able to advise you if any dietary or medication adjustments will be needed after consulting with your cardiologist.
Is A Coumadin Clinic Needed?
Any patient taking anticoagulant medication should be aware of the potential side effects if it is not administered correctly or complications occur. In certain cases, it can even be life-threatening or lead to serious illness. Our anti-coagulation clinics are the easiest way for medical professionals to monitor your progress.
What To Expect
Appointments are usually brief but may involve the need to come into the office one or several times per week initially for proper medication adjustments until the desired effect is reached. During the appointment, your nurse will use a finger stick to take a sample of your blood. Your PT/INR (Prothrombin Time/International Normalized Ration) level will be analyzed and reviewed to determine any adjustments that will be needed for your medication. You will also be told about any drug, diet, or other complications in relation to the drug.
If you have any questions or you’re ready to speak with a cardiologist, give us a call today.