If you have heart disease or problems with blood circulation, you may need anticoagulation, or blood-thinning, medications. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, you’ll find personalized outpatient therapy at our anticoagulation clinics throughout the Puget Sound area.
Anticoagulation medications or “blood thinners” help prevent and stabilize harmful blood clots within blood vessels. When you are cut or injured, a blood clot forms to prevent excessive bleeding. This is a normal, necessary function.
For people with certain conditions, blood clots may form within blood vessels. If the clot breaks loose and travels to your lungs or brain, it could lead to serious medical problems.
At the Anticoagulation Clinic we monitor your therapy closely to help prevent problems with your blood coagulation. Coumadin (warfarin) is an anticoagulation medication, or “blood thinner,” that prevents harmful clots from forming or moving. Too much anticoagulation can lead to bleeding that will not stop, so it’s essential that your anticoagulation therapy is monitored to make sure the medication you take is having the appropriate effect. The amount of Coumadin (warfarin) that you take needs to be adjusted from time to time.
At our outpatient clinics, we help patients monitor their anticoagulation status and risk while taking blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin (warfarin). Our expert team has significant experience in caring for patients with conditions affecting the heart or vascular (blood vessel) system.
We offer a full range of anticoagulation therapy services. We will:
The Anticoagulation Clinic is a service provided to all patients at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health taking oral anticoagulants (warfarin). The staff in the Anticoagulation Clinic consists of registered nurses and pharmacists.
Our team works closely with your care provider to coordinate a personalized treatment plan. Our pharmacists have doctor of pharmacy degrees and specialized training in anticoagulation, chronic disease-state management and immunizations. They are experts in screening for potentially dangerous drug interactions, monitoring medications and adjusting dosing for personalized care.
For some patients on blood thinners, the WATCHMAN device and other alternative anticoagulation treatments are offered.