Patient Education

What Patients Can Expect

Everyone responds differently to warfarin, and as a result, the frequency of monitoring is tailored to each patient. Individuals must be willing to come in as often as necessary to accurately monitor this medication. Typically, more frequent visits are needed when beginning therapy or when dose adjustments are required. When the dose is stabilized, appointments may occur less often.

The first visit to the clinic lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. Patients should bring a list of all current medications and supplements, which we will review along with their medical history. In addition, we will provide patients with a comprehensive review of all educational materials related to anticoagulation therapy.

Follow-up appointments typically take between 10 and 15 minutes. On every visit, a finger stick test will be performed to obtain a few drops of blood. This will be tested to determine the patient’s International Normalized Ratio (INR), which essentially represents how long it takes for the blood to clot. Results from this test are obtained almost immediately. We will discuss the patient’s dosage and if necessary, make any adjustments. We will also identify the potential cause of the elevated or decreased INR.

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