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Why is Anticoagulation Therapy Important?
When you are cut or injured, the blood on your wound clots, or coagulates, to prevent excessive bleeding. This is a normal, necessary function. However, for people with certain illnesses, a blood clot may form within blood vessels. If the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs or brain, it could lead to serious medical problems.
Coumadin (warfarin) is an anticoagulation medication, or “blood thinner,” that prevents harmful clots from forming or moving. Too much anticoagulation can lead to bleeding that will not stop, so it is essential that your anticoagulation therapy is monitored to make sure the medication you are taking is having the appropriate effect. The amount of Coumadin (warfarin) that you take needs to be adjusted from time to time.
At the Anticoagulation Clinic we monitor your therapy closely to help prevent problems with your blood coagulation.