You may have heard the phrase "blood thinner" to refer to an anticoagulation medication. Actually, anticoagulants do not thin the blood; rather, they are designed to cut down on clotting factors in the blood. If you have a condition such as atrial fibrillation or valvular heart disease, you may be prescribed anticoagulation treatments. It is common for patients to receive anticoagulation treatments after a myocardial infarction or a mechanical valve replacement. Anticoagulation can also treat and/or prevent pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis. If you have a condition that requires anticoagulation treatments, The Jobst Anticoagulation Service will be there for you to oversee your treatments.
The Jobst Anticoagulation Service facilitates, monitors and manages anticoagulation therapy for our patients. Our team consists of specially trained physicians, nurses and caring support staff. Studies consistently show that patients who are monitored by a dedicated anticoagulation service receive the most effective treatment. They also have fewer complications than those who do not have this support. We at the Jobst Anticoagulation Service can provide you with:
- Warfarin dosing instructions
- Prothrombin time (PT) and international normalized ratio (INR) monitoring
- Pre-procedure therapy
- Post-procedure bridge therapy
- Outpatient point-of-care testing
- Patient and family education
- On-call staff after hours, weekends and holidays
If you are a patient who needs anticoagulation treatment, ask your physician about the benefits of anticoagulation service at Jobst Vascular Institute. Physicians interested in referring patients should call 1-866-JVC-COAG (582-2624) to request a referral form.