If you are on warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®) you need to be followed in a structured way to optimize your warfarin therapy and minimize the risk for bleeding and clotting. The “thinness” of your blood needs to be determined on a regular basis with a test called INR (International Normalized Ratio; also referred to as PT, protime, or prothrombin time). While small physician practices may well deliver good warfarin management care, specialized anticoagulation clinics (also referred to as “Coumadin Clinics”) often have the expertise and resources for optimal warfarin management. If you are trying to find a clinic near you, you can go to the website of the non-proﬁt organization Anticoagulation Forum. You will find a map of the U.S. with the location of and contact information for a number of good Coumadin Clinics – to link to the map click here.
Garcia DA, Witt DM, Hylek E, et al. Delivery of optimized anticoagulant therapy: consensus statement from the Anticoagulation Forum. Ann Pharmacother. 2008;42:979-988.
Disclosure: I am a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of the Anticoagulation Forum.
Last updated: May 24th, 2011