Anticoagulation Monitoring Service

University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute’s Anticoagulation Monitoring Service Ensures Patient Health and Safety

The Anticoagulation Monitoring Service at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute provides a safe, efficient and unified approach to monitoring outpatient anticoagulant therapy. We work with the patient’s primary care provider or other physician specialist to ensure that he or she receives the appropriate follow-up care.

Anticoagulants, such as Coumadin®, Jantoven® and generic warfarin, are often used to treat or prevent blood clots in people with certain medical conditions. These conditions include deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attack), or mechanical heart valve, recent knee or hip replacement.

Frequent and careful monitoring is required to ensure the patient is taking the correct dosage and to minimize harmful effects.

Services We Offer

  • Use of a finger stick to perform on-site blood testing
  • Dosing adjustments
  • Patient and family education
  • Screening and counseling for food and drug interactions
  • Home monitoring (may be available if certain criteria are met)
  • Reports to the patient’s physician

What Patients Should Know About Warfarin

Whether individuals are enrolled in an anticoagulation clinic or not, all those taking warfarin should:

  • Receive the correct dose of medicine from their pharmacy.
  • Notify their primary care physician, go to the emergency room or call 911 if they notice any signs of bleeding. Bleeding is most likely to occur when patients first start taking warfarin (Coumadin®) and with higher doses of the medicine.
  • Have Prothrombin Time (PT)/International Normalized Ratio (INR) tests performed routinely as directed by their health care provider.
  • Take warfarin exactly as prescribed.
  • AVOID becoming pregnant while taking warfarin.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid making any sudden dietary changes.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption.
  • Be aware that Coumadin® and generic warfarin tablets should NOT be taken together since they are the same medication and may cause an overdose.
  • Contact their health care professional if they have any questions about anticoagulation therapy or changes in their general health.

Make an Appointment

Schedule your appointment with a heart or vascular specialist at University Hospitals:

Office appointment with a cardiologist or vascular surgeon
216-844-3800 or
1-866-UH4-CARE (1-866-844-2273)

Office appointment with a heart surgeon
216-844-4004

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