Blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin®) prevent your blood from coagulating, or clotting. These medications can be lifesaving, as they reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. However, to ensure that you stay healthy, it is important to undergo regular monitoring if you take an anticoagulant.
At the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, we provide expert care for patients who are taking blood-thinning medications. Our experienced specialists can interpret your lab results, help monitor your ongoing health, coordinate your care with other specialists and adjust your treatment plan.
At our clinic, we help patients who take warfarin (Coumadin®) ensure that their blood levels stay safe. If you are on anticoagulation medicine, your blood must be tested frequently to determine how thick or thin it is, which is called an international normalized ratio (INR) rating. If your INR is too high, you are at risk of bleeding. If it is too low, you are at risk of clotting.
At our clinic, we offer:
To make an appointment, or for more information, contact us at (615) 343-3824. You can have your lab work faxed to (615) 343-1368.