Some people take an oral anticoagulant called Coumadin, also
known as Warfarin, to prevent blood clots. They need to have
their blood checked regularly to monitor their treatment. The
purpose of the Anticoagulation Clinic is to monitor oral
anticoagulation therapy with regular blood tests.
Working with Your Doctor
If you have a reason to take oral anticoagulants, your regular
doctor or specialist can refer you to the Anticoagulation Clinic.
Once referred to the clinic, you will continue to see your
regular doctor or specialist for your usual health care. We will
work with your doctor to monitor your treatment, including making
changes to your warfarin dose when necessary, and ordering lab
The Anticoagulation Clinic will monitor your oral anticoagulation
therapy with regular blood tests and assessments. You will
receive one-on-one care and counseling from a health care
provider who has special training in anticoagulation therapy,
including the hazards, benefits and possible side effects of your
Your Visit to the Clinic
Each time you visit the clinic, the practitioner will test your
prothrombin time/INR to see how quickly your blood is clotting.
Your warfarin will be adjusted when needed. You will be checked
for possible side effects of therapy, and for possible
interactions between your medications, vitamins and herbs. Advice
and information about your diet, exercise and activities will be
offered, and a report is sent to your referring doctor at each
Advantages of a Clinic Visit
The advantages of coming to the Anticoagulation Clinic include
getting an immediate result on your prothrombin time/INR and
immediate instructions on dosing, convenient and consistent
monitoring of your therapy, individual counseling and education,
and potentially reduced risk of warfarin side effects.
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