Anticoagulation Clinic Specialist

Apple Valley Medical Center

Medical Center located in Apple Valley, MN

The Apple Valley Medical Center has a clinic devoted to monitoring and testing anticoagulation medications. If you’re taking anticoagulants, the nurses at the clinic, under the direct supervision of a provider, provide PT/INR testing in order to make any necessary adjustments in your medication and keep an eye on your health. If you live in or around Apple Valley, Minnesota, call to learn more about the anticoagulation clinic.

Anticoagulation Clinic Q & A

Apple Valley Medical Center

What are anticoagulants?

Many people call anticoagulants blood thinners, but that’s not necessarily what anticoagulants are. Rather, the medication slows down clotting in your blood.

Most people who take anticoagulants do so for the following reasons:

  • A history of heart attack or stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Lupus
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Artificial heart valve
  • Obesity
  • Post surgery

What is PT/INR testing?

If you’re taking anticoagulants, your dosing needs depend upon your underlying condition and how well your body responds to the medication. It’s critical to find a balance where your blood is still able to clot to prevent excessive bleeding, but not to the point where dangerous clots form within your blood vessels.

It’s not uncommon for the healthcare professionals at the Apple Valley Medical Center to routinely adjust your medication based on your test results.

 

How often do I need to be tested?

If your provider at the Apple Valley Medical Center prescribed warfarin for you, you need frequent testing to monitor how the medication is working. Most patients come in at least once a month, sometimes twice a month, depending on the provider’s recommendations.

It’s extremely important to keep up with your PT/INR testing, because you run the risk of dangerous bleeding problems if your medication isn’t closely monitored and adjusted, when necessary.

Because of the necessity for frequent testing, the Apple Valley Medical Center created a specialized clinic devoted to anticoagulation. Staffed by nurses who are under the supervision of the providers, the clinic is designed to make your life easier with quick testing and lab results. The clinic also accepts patients for testing who are under the supervision of an outside provider.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes. The nurses at the Apple Valley Medical Center prefer to spend time with each patient, which is why they see patients on an appointment-only basis, Monday through Saturday morning.

To learn more about the anticoagulation clinic at the Apple Valley Medical Center, call to schedule an appointment.