Anticoagulants (blood thinners) are medicines that treat clots in the legs, arms, and/or lungs and prevent clots arising from conditions like irregular heart rhythms (atrial fibrillation or flutter), circulation problems (peripheral vascular disease, severe heart failure, cardiomyopathy, or coronary heart disease), heart valve replacement or repair, or clotting strokes or TIAs. Many things affect these medicines which can lead to a large number of problems. The Anticoagulation (Coumadin) Clinic at St. Rita’s has a focused approach on coordinating care. This coordination results better results from the blood thinners and far less problems.

The clinic offers on-site laboratory services which can provide test results, like the INR, in minutes. Any other test involving coagulation, like H/H, anti-Xa, platelets, and others can be drawn. Clinical pharmacists provide education on specific health conditions, how any of the patient’s blood thinners work, and how to manage any problems. They evaluate the blood thinner, blood pressure, weights, compliance, any problems and adjust medications to desired levels at regular clinic visits. Care is closely coordinated with referring provider and any other providers involved in the patient’s care. Medication boxes can be filled.

The clinic is located at 770 W. High St., Suite 450, in Lima. Patients are seen by appointment Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. A physician referral is required. For more information, call (419) 996-5069.