Anticoagulants are drugs given to prevent blood clots or prevent existing clots from getting larger. Clots that form in the heart, veins, or arteries can block blood flow and cause a heart attack, stroke, or damage to a limb or other parts of the body.
The management of anticoagulation therapy requires diligent, regular laboratory monitoring of a blood lab test called an INR. The test uses one drop of blood obtained from a fingerstick instead of having blood drawn from a vein. Some drugs and foods can have adverse effects on the anticoagulants, which can result in inadequate treatment or possible bleeding. Individuals who are taking Warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent clots can have their blood lab test monitored with a fingerstick at the Anticoagulation Clinic. We use the CoagCheck S System, which allows the patient’s INR to be determined in less than five minutes. The pharmacist can then adjust the dosage as needed and determine the optimal frequency of the INR. Patients must be referred by their physician.
Anticoagulation ClinicThe Specialty Center1931 Brown Street, Suite A Anderson, IN 46016(765) 646-8247