Lutheran Health Physicians Anticoagulation Clinic
3534 Brooklyn Avenue
(260) 478-5231 (260) 478-5231; Fax (260) 478-5238
Mondays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesdays-Fridays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lutheran Health Physicians anticoagulation clinic helps patients manage the medication(s) they take to prevent blood clots. Our staff, working in conjunction with your physician, will check your blood test and adjust your dose of warfarin (Jantoven®).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY ARE CLINIC VISITS NEEDED TO MANAGE MY MEDICINE?
Warfarin is most effective when its therapeutic effect is closely monitored to assure you are adequately protected from blood clots. Also, it can be a dangerous medicine if not closely followed. While taking warfarin, your blood clotting time or INR must be checked at least once a month.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
Your physician sends a referral form to the anticoagulation clinic to request an initial appointment. Once the form is received, a clinic staff member will contact you to schedule the appointment. Patients must come to required appointments with the nurse practitioner at least once a month, or more often if necessary.
ARE WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS WELCOME?
In order to most effectively manage and serve our patients, walk-in appointments are not accepted. Since the clinic operates by appointment only, please call the clinic office if a change in appointment is necessary.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS AN APPOINTMENT?
It is important to keep scheduled appointments, if at all possible. If a change must be made, contact the clinic office as soon as possible prior to the scheduled appointment.
WHAT TYPE OF CLINICAL PROVIDERS OPERATE THE CLINIC?
During your first visit, a nurse practitioner will provide additional education regarding warfarin. At each appointment, the nurse practitioner will check your INR using a fingerstick blood test; ask questions about your health and medications; determine if your warfarin dose should be adjusted and schedule your next appointment.
WHO NEEDS TO KNOW I AM ON WARFARIN?
Patients must notify all physicians and healthcare providers, including dentists, surgeons, family doctors and pharmacists, about their anticoagulation therapy.