As a patient taking anticoagulants, you should be aware of the potential for very serious side effects that can occur if the medication is not properly monitored. Some of these side effects can be life-threatening. Studies have shown that patients enrolled in a Coumadin clinic, or anticoagulation clinic, have better INR control, better outcomes and fewer complications.
What is a Coumadin Clinic?
Coumadin clinics monitor and manage medication that prevent blood clots. Patients who have had heart valve replacements, had complicated surgeries, blood clots, or heart beat irregularities may be prescribed Coumadin or other blood thinners to help slow the blood clotting process. These medications, known as anticoagulants, are used to prevent major complications, such as vessel or valve obstruction, or strokes. A Coumadin clinic will answer your general questions and educate you on what you need to do while on Coumadin.
Regular blood testing and dose adjustments are necessary to avoid bleeding while still preventing undesired clotting. Some patients need frequent medication adjustments. That’s where the expertise of the Coumadin Clinic at Dedication Health comes in! Our Coumadin Clinic will perform weekly coagulation checks on-site with same day results. Our clinics are staffed by licensed nurse practitioners and pharmacists, as well as our internal medicine physicians.
Chicago Coumadin Clinic
As part of Dedication Health’s commitment to the overall health and well-being of our patients, we are equipped to monitor and assist our patients who take blood-thinning medications. Our Coumadin care specialists provide you with the knowledge you will need to manage your condition on a daily basis. We will discuss not only medication dosages, but also potential life style changes that may need to be adjusted. This includes diet and physical acidity. Additionally, we educate you on side effects to look out for, and what to do if you are injured or sick. In order to become a member of Dedication Health, call us today at 847-986-6770 to reserve your spot. You can also fill out our contact form online.
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