Coumadin Clinic at St. Joseph Health Medical Group
Many Americans require blood therapy treatment to help manage common conditions
such as irregular heartbeat, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms,
the presence of artificial valves and, in some cases, heart attacks due
to particular risk factors. However, patients that receive services from
us at the Coumadin Clinic have proved to have better control of their
International Normalized Ratio (INR), fewer problems associated with blood
clots, and better outcomes.
At the Coumadin clinic in Eureka, we work with more than 500 patients each
month, consistently providing support, education and a path to healing
for individuals living with these conditions and who have been prescribed
Coumadin treatments (blood thinners) such as warfarin.
Our team of specially trained clinical nurses and physicians are dedicated
to service excellence specifically within the field of Coumadin treatment.
We work with you to not only help you understand how these prescribed
medications work, but also to monitor and manage them to ensure that you
get the maximum benefit from these treatments while minimizing any potential risk.
In some instances, you may have been referred to us by your primary care
physician, or, if your primary care physician is within our existing network
then the Clinic will form part of your current care program. Either way,
our trusted team of medical specialists at the Coumadin Clinic work closely
with your healthcare provider to monitor and manage your condition.
We also offer accessible monitoring options through telehealth and digital
services, because we understand that finding the time to visit the clinic
physically can be challenging. Our state-of-the-art technology systems
and home testing methods enable us to stay in touch and monitor your clotting
levels, regardless of where you are, making your health care accessible
and less disruptive to your day to day schedule.
Understanding Coumadin Treatment.
Typically, when a patient experiences excessive bleeding or blood clots,
a Prothrombin Test (PT) and Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT) test are
used to help diagnose the underlying causes of the bleeding or clotting
disorder. Depending on the diagnoses, a patient may be required to start
Coumadin treatment and prescribed anticoagulants which help to thin the
blood and prevent blood clots from reoccurring.
Coumadin is a potent treatment that thins out the blood to prevent blood
clots from forming, in turn reducing the risk of conditions such as heart
attack, lung clots, leg clots and other blood clot disorders. However,
high levels of Coumadin can increase the risk of bleeding, and as such
your levels need to be consistently monitored.
Once Coumadin treatment has been prescribed, International Normalized Ratio
tests (INR) are regularly conducted to enable us to measure and monitor
the balance of clotting agents in your blood.
What to expect
An INR test uses a simple device to prick the finger and draw a small sample
of blood. The test is quick and results are typically available within
seconds. Depending on the results, medications may be adjusted.
Our Coumadin care specialists will provide you with the knowledge you will
need to manage your condition on a day-to-day basis. We will discuss not
only medication dosages, but also potential life style changes such as
diet that may also need to be adjusted, side effects to look out for,
and what to do if you are injured or ill.
We also welcome your family members and caregivers to join the conversation
so that they too can understand and help you as you journey through your
treatment and care program.