Many heart patients take anticoagulation medication like Coumadin (Warfarin), to help prevent stroke, blood clots and other medical problems. These "blood thinners" slow the blood's ability to clot.
The Anticoagulation Clinic is designed to manage patients taking an anticoagulant such as Coumadin (or the generic names Warfarin) or Jantoven.
The Anticoagulation Clinic is staffed by registered nurses who are trained in anticoagulation management. Our nurses work closely with the patient's cardiologist to ensure the patient is kept in a safe therapeutic range for their medical condition. The Anticoagulation Clinic nurses provide instructions for Coumadin dosing and testing each time the INR blood test is reviewed.
To learn more about the Anticoagulation Clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call 970.221.1000 or 800.459.4521.
Fort Collins Clinic
2121 E Harmony Rd., Suites 100 & 200
2500 Rocky Mountain Avenue, Suite 100
Tuesday, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.,
Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Patients may come into the clinic for a finger stick test. This is done by appointment only. The visit takes about 5 to10 minutes. Patients receive their test results immediately. Based on the results, the patient is instructed on any necessary Coumadin dose adjustments and given an appointment time for their next INR test. During the visit, patients have the opportunity to discuss any anticoagulation related issues and are given a dosage calendar to follow until their next appointment.
Patients may have their blood drawn at any other laboratory facility and track their results through the Anticoagulation Clinic. This is helpful for many patients who work or patients who travel frequently.
Many patients have a busy schedule or require frequent INR testing. Some of our patients have found that using a home INR monitor is a very convenient and effective way to test their blood.
If you would like to know more about the use of the Coagucheck home INR monitor, please contact the University of Colorado Health Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery and ask for one of the Anticoagulation Clinic Nurses.