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.
During your Anticoagulation Clinic Visit, We Will:
- Check your INR via a small blood sample from your finger
- Check your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen
- Review changes in your medication list and update your medication list
- Discuss lifestyle changes, diet changes and unusual bleeding or bruising
- Recommend a Warfarin dosing plan
- Recommend an INR re-check time frame
Insurance and Billing
Billing is done through Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Patient Billing office. Before making an office appointment with us, please call your insurance company to confirm coverage and possible co-payments/deductibles.
What to Bring to your Appointment?
It is important for our staff to review changes in your current medication list at each visit. Please bring a complete medication list, including supplements and over-the-counter products, to every appointment.
If you cannot keep your appointment for any reason, please call the office as soon as possible. That way we can fit in other patients who are waiting to see the pharmacist.
Remember To Contact the Anticoagulation Clinic If You:
- Stop or change the way you take your prescription or over-the-counter medications, including herbal products and vitamins
- Are told to take your Warfarin differently by your Physician than instructed by the Anticoagulation Clinic
- Notice any unusual bleeding or bruising
- Become ill, experience a change in your health status or are admitted to the hospital
- Are scheduled for a medical or dental procedure
- Change your eating habits or your alcohol intake
If you experience uncontrolled bleeding or require immediate medical attention, please report to the nearest emergency department or call 911.