Anticoagulants are used to treat and prevent problems caused by blood clots. These problems include deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and stroke. You may use anticoagulants if you have an artificial heart valve, atrial fibrillation, or are at high risk for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
Anticoagulants prevent blood clots from forming in your blood vessels and heart. They also keep blood clots from growing bigger. Anticoagulants are often called "blood thinners."
If you're taking blood thinners, the specially trained RNs at our Anticoagulation Clinic can help you manage your medication and provide dosing instructions. During your visit, a nurse discusses your health and addresses your anticoagulation medication concerns, as well as explains your test results and provides dosing instructions.
- INR finger stick testing with results in minutes (no lab draws and phone follow-up)
- Early morning and lunch hour appointments
- Print-outs of your dosing schedule, current INR result, and follow-up appointment details
- New patient teaching and informational appointments that include an educational booklet
- Pre-procedural management and interruptions of therapy (bridging);
- Lovenox teaching, educational material and practice session for patients requiring bridging
- Telemanagement for housebound patients