The task of the anticoagulation laboratory at EMC is to monitor patients undergoing anticoagulation (blood thinning) treatment. Patients with arrhythmias, heart valve defects and clots are prescribed longterm anticoagulation to prevent further thromboembolic complications.
Atrial fibrillation is a type of cardiac arrhythmia, which itself is not dangerous, but can have dangerous complications. As a result of stagnation of blood in the left atrium, clots may form which, when they move into the arteries, can lead to the development of a cardioembolic stroke. To prevent the development of stroke, anticoagulation therapy is prescribed.
Patients of the Anticoagulation Lab
These are patients undergoing anticoagulant therapy, usually with warfarin, but sometimes with other drugs. Some patients need to take anticoagulants for several months, and some for life. Anticoagulant drugs cause blood thinning and consequently at the wrong dose can disrupt the delicate balance between the processes of coagulation (clotting), and hemodilution. If the drug prescribed is given to the patient at a dose that is too high, there may be side effects in the form of bleeding complications. If the dose is too low, increased blood clotting and clots may appear (thrombi) that are potentially dangerous for the development of a stroke. In order to choose the individual dose for each patient, it is necessary to be seen in the Cardiovascular Clinic at EMC.
How do I know that the correct drug has been chosen?
For this there is a blood test, the INR - international normalized ratio. The INR may not be constant and vary depending on diet and other factors. INR monitoring should be performed every one to three weeks. To perform the test, blood is taken from the finger in the clinic. The patient learns the result in a few minutes, and then, if necessary, the medication dose can be corrected by the highly qualified specialists at the EMC Cardiovascular Clinic. Some of our patients have been coming to us for more than 10 years, and they feel comfortable in the hands of our experienced professionals. The patient, who is certain that his level of anticoagulation is at the proper level, can be confident that the risk of cardioembolic stroke and bleeding are minimized.
Advantages of the Cardiovascular Clinic at EMC
The doctors and nurses in our anticoagulation lab have a wealth of experience monitoring patients taking anticoagulants. Evaluation of the INR is routine work in a good way, both for the doctors and for the nurses. Modern high-precision equipment, competent doctors and work performed in accordance with international standards are hallmarks of the Cardiovascular Clinic at EMC. An individual approach and service attract a growing number of patients to the clinic, who appreciate comfort and peace of mind in matters of health.