Anti-coagulation Therapy (Coumadin Clinic)

couple_older_1.jpgIf you have been diagnosed with and/or received treatment for atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or other conditions, you may need to take anticoagulants or blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin).

Though anticoagulants are often called blood thinners, they do not thin the blood. Instead, they interfere with the body’s natural ability to make clots. This can prevent clots from forming when one is suspected to form (for example, in patients with irregular heartbeats or patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery), or if a clot has been identified, it can prevent the clot from growing (and therefore becoming more dangerous).

While taking warfarin, you will need to come to the office regularly for blood tests so we can see how quickly your blood clots. You doctor will adjust your dosage until your blood clots well enough to prevent both clots and bleeding problems. Anticoagulants have been used for decades and its safety and side-effects are well known, the most common of which is bleeding.

Please inform us if you begin taking any new medications. Try to take your anticoagulant medication at the same time every day, and do not take more than one dose if you miss a day. If you think you have taken too much warfarin or if you have other questions, contact our office immediately.