Anticoagulation Clinic

Special Care for Patients on Blood Thinners

Anticoagulation means to stop blood from clotting or clumping so that it stops flowing freely. Patients who are at risk of developing blood clots need close monitoring.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center offers an Anticoagulation Clinic at the Northwest Medical Center. Anticoagulation therapy can be used in different situations, but the most common is to help patients recover from strokes or other heart problems, such as atrial fibrillation.

An anticoagulant is a blood-thinning medication. Warfarin (also known as Coumadin) is the main blood-thinner on the market. Warfarin slows down the body’s own clotting process.

Anticoagulation is measured by a blood test, which involves drawing a blood sample from a vein in the arm. The test is done at approximately one-month intervals, and the Warfarin medication is adjusted accordingly.

The Anticoagulation Clinic provides PeaceHealth patients with the specialized testing, monitoring and prescription services that are needed in order to maintain a desirable level of anticoagulation in the blood.

Our clinic is staffed with two dedicated clinical caregivers who work with your primary-care provider to ensure a safe and desirable level of anticoagulation.

Contact Us:

PeaceHealth Anticoagulation Clinic 
Northwest Medical Center
(the Fountain Building)
2979 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-788-6934
Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.​​

Foods Can Counteract Medicines

Some foods or vitamin supplements can undo or conflict with medications. If you take blood thinners, talk to your doctor or care provider about eating foods rich in Vitamin K.