The Anticoagulation Clinic
The Anticoagulation Clinic at Rutland Heart Center provides patients on anticoagulants with safe, convenient and effective management of Warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy on an outpatient basis.
Anticoagulation therapy is the use of a medication to help prevent blood clots and is often described as a “blood thinner”. This medicine is used to help treat or prevent a serious blood clot condition, but it can be a dangerous medicine if not closely monitored. While on Warfarin, your blood clotting time or INR must be checked at least once a month. It may also need to be checked more often when you are first starting this medicine, when changes are made to your other medications or if your INR results are not within the therapeutic range.
Anticoagulation Therapy Management
Our clinic is staffed by pharmacists who are trained thoroughly in anticoagulation therapy management. Their services include:
- Close supervision of your anticoagulation treatment for effectiveness
- Monitoring for side effects
- Patient education regarding Warfarin treatment, both initially and ongoing
- Screening and counseling about food-drug and drug-drug interactions
- Review of treatment plans to ensure you are at a low risk of having an adverse event associated with a procedure (dental, surgical, spinal, etc.)
- A review of, and regular update of, your medication list
- Refill of your Warfarin prescription upon request
Remember, you play an important role in ensuring the success of your anticoagulant therapy. Please ask any questions you may have about your Warfarin therapy.