For people with chronic heart rhythm problems or those with heart valve replacements, anticoagulant medications are available to thin the blood and reduce the chance of developing unwanted blood clots. To ensure that these medications work effectively, each patient’s progress is carefully monitored so that dosages may be adjusted as needed. Guidance is also provided to explain how certain foods and other medicines may interact with the anticoagulant treatment.
A customized plan of care includes:
- Laboratory monitoring
- Patient assessment
- Dosage adjustments of anticoagulation medication
- Follow-up care
- Education about medications, food, herbal and nutritional interactions, laboratory results, potential side effects of therapy, potential hemorrahagic complications and lifestyle changes