What are anticoagulant medications and what do they do?
Anticoagulants are medicines that patients take to prevent and control the growth of blood clots. Some names of these medications are Coumadin® (warfarin), Heparin, and Lovenox® (enoxaparin).
What medical conditions would lead me to take an anticoagulant?
There are many medical conditions but here are a few;
• Deep vein thrombosis
• Pulmonary embolism
• Heart attack follow-up
• Atrial fibrillation
• Heart valve disease or heart valve replacement
Who should visit the Coag Plus Clinic?
Anyone taking anticoagulant medication in the long- or short-term. Senior citizens are more susceptible to factors that influence anticoagulant drugs.
Why is an anticoagulation clinic important?
Anticoagulant medications can be dangerous if not monitored and managed. There are many factors that control how effective anticoagulants are including diet, vitamins, supplements, other medications, and exercise. Even slight variations in these factors can alter how effective your medication is. To have the best outcome from your anticoagulation therapy, you should monitor your daily or weekly behaviors with your primary care physician, specialists, or with a Certified Anticoagulant Pharmacist at Van Wert County Hospital.
How often do I visit the clinic?
You will want to talk with your referring doctors first. When anticoagulant therapy is starting, you may visit the clinic often. Once your therapy is under consistent control, your visits could be spread out to every four weeks.
How will my doctor know my test results?
There will be constant communication between the clinic staff and your doctor after every appointment. This communication will help in maximizing your anticoagulation therapy efforts and coordinating with your regular care.
Does my insurance cover this service?
Most insurances cover this service but we recommend that you contact your insurance providers for confirmation.
Call your primary care physician today and ask them whether you are a candidate for the Coag Plus Clinic. With your referral, call 419-238-8866.