Anticoagulant medications are an important, often life-saving, treatment option for patients who have or are at risk for unwanted blood clots. For people who are prescribed blood thinners, or anticoagulants, such as Coumadin/warfarin, life is a balancing act. If the blood becomes too thin, trimming a toenail too close can mean a visit to the ER. If the blood is too thick, clots can form causing serious medical problems such as heart attacks and strokes. To help manage this delicate balance, MDI Hospital offers the Anticoagulation or “Coag” Clinic.
Blood thinners are often prescribed for patients with atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart rhythm), pulmonary embolism, after artificial heart valve surgery, and following some orthopedic procedures. They are prescribed to prevent the body from making unwanted blood clots.
The goal of anticoagulation therapy is to achieve therapeutic blood levels where the blood is thin enough to avoid clotting, but not so thin that the patient is at risk of heavy bleeding from something as seemingly harmless as a small nick or cut.
MDI Hospital’s Anticoagulation Clinic is a physician directed, nurse managed program with the goal of helping patients understand and manage their medication. Instruction, including discussion, demonstration and audio-visual presentations are provided to patients and their families. Ongoing assessments are conducted to ensure that our program is tailored to meet each individual’s needs.