Anticoagulation Management


What is Anticoagulation Management?

Anticoagulant management is the process of administering and monitoring the use of these anticoagulant drugs. When anticoagulant drugs are prescribed, the patient must be monitored carefully because these drugs pose significant risks not only to themselves but also when taken in combination with other medications including over-the-counter. Dr. Suri will develop a comprehensive plan based on each patient’s unique circumstances to account. The purpose of the management program is to maintain a natural balance of the chemicals needed for a normal coagulation, or blood clotting process.

Why would a patient take anticoagulants?

Anticoagulants are often called blood thinners and are used to reduce the blood’s ability to clot, reducing the risk of blood clots for those with cardiovascular disease or issues with circulation. Some of the common drugs include clopidogrel (Plavix) and warfarin (Coumadin). Anticoagulants are also sometimes prescribed to patients with abnormal heartbeats, those with congenital heart defects, and people who have had heart valve surgery. Blood thinners have proven to be very effective in preventing blood clots and the complications that can occur with them. Aspirin, for example, has been proven to help reduce the risk of a transient ischemic attack, stroke, and heart attack.

What are the risks associated with anticoagulants?

While anticoagulants offer a lot of benefits to cardiovascular health, proper management is essential to maintaining overall good health. Some of the risks related to taking blood thinners that can be mitigated with effective management include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • PainIf any of the following symptoms present, medical attention should be sought immediately.
  • Bruises and swelling
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Heavier than normal menstruation
  • Purple toes
  • Pain, change in temperature, or blackish areas in extremities

When taking anticoagulants, it is critical to share details of any other medications or supplements being taken, even vitamins and over the counter pain medication. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take blood thinners. Anyone with diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, liver, or kidney problems should discuss their care and treatment plan in detail with their doctor.