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St. Mary’s Good Samaritan has specially trained pharmacists who assist patients in the management of anticoagulation therapy, including warfarin therapy.
- Blood testing by finger stick
- Immediate INR test results
- Dosage adjustment based on your physician’s INR goal
- Ongoing education
- Consultation with a specially trained pharmacist
- Monitored anticoagulation management
- Communication with your physician as needed
- Easy access and a simplified registration process
A visit to the Anticoagulation Clinic generally lasts about 15 minutes. A physician referral is required. Upon receiving referral authorization, patients are scheduled for an initial visit.
Phone: (618) 436-8614 Phone: (618) 899-3444
Monday: 1 - 4 pm Monday: 8 am - 3 pm
Tuesday: 7 am - 4 pm Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9 - 11 am & 1 - 4 pm Wednesday: 7 am - 4pm
Thursday: 8 am - 3 pm Thursday: Closed
Friday: 12:30 - 2:30 pm Friday: 8 am - 3 pm
When are Anticoagulation Clinic services needed?
If you suffer from certain heart conditions or have had a previous heart attack, your doctor may prescribe anticoagulant medications that reduce the risk of blood clots. A blood clot can decrease or completely block blood flow in a vessel, leading to serious health problems.
Other conditions that may require anticoagulation medications include:
- Atrial fibrillation
- DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
- Pulmonary embolism
Anticoagulants are medications such as warfarin (Coumadin®) that are used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger. To be safe and effective, anticoagulants require careful monitoring by your doctor or another clinician.
While on warfarin, your blood clotting time (INR) must be checked every four to six weeks, and more often when you begin taking the medication. Monitoring and appropriate dosing adjustments can reduce your risk for bleeding or the likelihood that you’ll develop blood clots.