Coumadin Center

What is the Coumadin Center?

Midwest Cardiovascular Coumadin Center helps patients manage medication taken to prevent strokes, heart attacks, blood clots in the legs and lungs, and other disorders. Coumadin, also known by its generic name warfarin sodium, is a blood thinner or anticoagulant. It usually comes as a pill to be taken orally as prescribed by a physician.

Why is a special center needed to manage my medicine?

Coumadin is an effective but potentially dangerous drug. It can be difficult to maintain correct medication levels in a patient’s system because the levels are easily thrown off by certain foods, sickness, or interactions with other medications. Many people need medication adjustments on a fairly regular basis. The physicians, nurses, and technicians at midwest cardiovascular’s Coumadin Center provide each patient with the counseling and educational materials needed to achieve appropriate Coumadin control.

What is involved in a center visit?

During your visit to a center, you can expect the following:

  • Each visit takes approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • A small blood sample will be taken from your finger. This sample of blood will be used to determine how long it takes for your blood to clot (your INR result). Our onsite labs produce your INR result in minutes.
  • You will be monitored for any drug and diet interactions or side effects.
  • Your Coumadin dose will be adjusted if needed.
  • A follow-up appointment will be scheduled.

While on Coumadin, your physician may ask you to have your blood tested at least once a month, but sometimes more often when first starting the medication.