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If you have a heart or vascular condition that puts you at risk for blood clots, your treatment may include the use of anticoagulants — also called blood thinners — such as warfarin (Coumadin®). These medicines slow down your body’s clotting process to help prevent blood clots, heart attacks and strokes. Because taking blood thinners can raise your risk of bleeding, you’ll need a specialist to closely monitor your health.
PeaceHealth has health professionals specially trained in anticoagulation management. You’ll be more at ease knowing you have an expert team looking after you and will work with you to:
PeaceHealth offers comprehensive care to keep you healthy during anticoagulation therapy.
The anticoagulation specialists at PeaceHealth work closely with your primary care doctor and other providers. They work to make sure you’ll receive safe treatment and seamless, coordinated care focused on your needs.
When you come to PeaceHealth for your scheduled appointment, you’ll work with healthcare professionals who will make it a little easier for you to take care of yourself. They’ll monitor your health and provide the expertise to help you get in and out of your appointment quickly
You’ll get care from pharmacists with advanced training in anticoagulation management. Studies have shown that working with a pharmacist may lower your risk of bleeding and forming blot clots during treatment.
At PeaceHealth, anticoagulation specialists help you to get the most from your treatment, while minimizing possible side effects. They offer expert care to make sure you're responding well to therapy and will keep a close eye out for any potential problems.
You're at greater risk for a blood clot when you're in the hospital and not moving around as you usually do. To help prevent blood clots after surgery, you may need to take blood thinners for a while to help prevent a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A DVT is a blood clot in a deep vein or a blood clot that travels to your lungs, also known as a pulmonary embolism.
AFib causes a fast, irregular heartbeat that makes your heart’s upper chambers quiver, rather than pump with force. This causes blood to pool in your heart, which can lead to a blood clot.
If you have an artificial heart valve, it changes the way blood flows through your heart. Blood movement can also slow down around the valve itself. Both can cause a blood clot. If your valve replacement is made from animal or human tissue (biological valve), you’ll only need to take blood thinners for a short time after surgery while your body adjusts to the new valve.
Atherosclerosis is a condition caused when your blood vessels become narrow from a buildup of a fatty substance called plaque. This condition can raise your risk of a blood clot. Plaque that forms in the arteries in your heart is called coronary artery disease. When plaque forms in your arms and legs, it’s known as peripheral artery disease. Your doctor may also prescribe blood thinners if you’re at risk for a stroke or you’ve had one, or if you have a deep vein thrombosis.