Patients with circulatory and heart disorders often benefit from anticoagulant medications to prevent dangerous blood clots. If you take these medicines, family medicine physician Mai Vi Hoang, MD, and her team at HAPI Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, run an anticoagulation clinic. With their help, you can benefit from the effects of blood thinning medications without risking serious adverse effects. Call HAPI Medical Center to learn more about the anticoagulation clinic or schedule a consultation using the online booking feature today.
An anticoagulation clinic provides convenient testing and monitoring services for patients taking blood-thinning medications.
Anticoagulants treat and prevent blood clots. Clots forming in your blood can increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, and other potentially life-threatening health conditions. Some people’s blood tends to clot more readily than others, so they’re more likely to develop these problems.
Anticoagulants stop your blood from forming clots but can cause other problems. HAPI Medical Center’s anticoagulation clinic optimizes the effectiveness of your medication while reducing the risk of adverse effects.
You might get an anticoagulant prescription if you have a circulatory disorder or your risk of blood clots is high. Although people often refer to anticoagulants as blood thinners, they don’t thin your blood. They make it less sticky, so it flows more easily.
People with heart problems that reduce blood flow and those who develop conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are likely to need anticoagulants. A DVT is a blood clot in the deep leg veins that can travel to your lungs, causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.
While taking anticoagulants prevents these life-threatening disorders, if you take too much, you could develop a new set of problems, such as kidney dysfunction. One of the primary concerns with anticoagulants is the risk of excessive bleeding.
Your blood clots to seal a wound and stop you from losing too much blood. If your anticoagulant dose is too high, you may not stop bleeding once you start. You might also suffer organ and tissue damage due to unseen internal bleeding.
If you take anticoagulant medications like warfarin, you must attend HAPI Medical Center’s anticoagulation clinic regularly to avoid these severe complications. Your provider will tell you how often to visit.
When you visit HAPI Medical Center’s anticoagulation clinic, a team member pricks your finger and takes a blood sample. Then they perform a prothrombin time/international normalized ratio (PT/INR) test.
Analyzing your blood’s prothrombin determines how long it takes for clots to form in your blood. Your provider can then decide whether your anticoagulant dose needs changing.
Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more about attending the anticoagulation clinic at HAPI Medical Center and how it can help protect your health.