Important information for anticoagulation clinic patients

Your first visit to the anticoagulation clinic will be 40 to 60 minutes in length and may be in a group setting with other “new to clinic” patients. Please bring your updated medication list to this appointment.

Your appointments thereafter will be approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

What we do:

  • Help you get started as a new patient, providing in-depth education.
  • Understand your health history, current medications and diet.
  • Assist you in understanding anticoagulation therapy and your individual treatment plan.
  • Provide nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.
  • Perform International Normalized Ratio (INR) lab monitoring, via point-of-care (“finger-stick”) or blood draw, and adjust your warfarin dose as needed, based on the results.
  • Discuss changes in diet, acute illnesses, and medications that could impact your therapy.
  • Manage anticoagulation prescription refills to your preferred pharmacy.
  • Coordinate anticoagulation therapy before and after surgeries and procedures.
  • Provide after-hours care with an on-call nurse available in the evenings, on weekends and holidays.

When to call the anticoagulation clinic

Salem: 503-814-1700
Dallas: 503-917-2013

Feel free to call if you have any questions about your warfarin therapy. We are here to help! Please call us for any of the issues below:

Medication issues

  • You miss a dose of warfarin, or take too much
  • Medication changes (starting, stopping or changing) to over-the-counter, prescribed (especially antibiotics and steroids) and vitamin supplements.
  • Changes in the amount of vitamin K in your diet.
  • Your warfarin tablet appears to be a different color when being refilled.
  • You are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant.

Health changes

  • Bleeding (go to the emergency room or call 911 if uncontrollable).
  • Any procedures coming up, including dental work.
  • Any illness lasting longer than three days.
  • More bruising than usual from trauma.

Provider changes

  • A health care provider tells you to stop warfarin.
  • You are receiving/plan to receive home health services for any reason (including physical therapy, occupational therapy or nursing services).
  • You were admitted to a hospital or evaluated at an emergency department since you last visited the anticoagulation clinic.