If you’re at risk of a stroke or blood clot, your doctor may prescribe medications to help prevent them. Count on the experts at Desert Oasis Healthcare's PHARxM™ Population Health and Medication Management department for guidance and support.
What are Blood Thinners?
Blood thinning medications are known as anticoagulants. They can help prevent blood clots from happening or getting bigger and causing health problems. Blood clots are abnormal clumps of blood that form in the veins and may lead to severe complications, such as a stroke.
There are many types of blood thinning medications, such as Warfarin (Coumadin), Lovenox, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Eliquis and Savaysa just to name a few. Some are taken orally (by mouth) or through an injection. Talk to your doctor about the medications that are right for you.
Why Do I Need Anticoagulation Therapy?
Your doctor may recommend blood thinners if you have had a blood clot or stroke in the past, or if you have:
- An irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), such as atrial fibrillation
- Artificial heart valve
- Coronary artery disease
- Peripheral artery disease
- History of a blood clot in a limb -Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or lung-Pulmonary Embolism (PE).
Anticoagulation Management Services
When you take part in our anticoagulation management program, your DOHC provider or pharmacist will:
- Monitor your health and how well your medications are working
- Teach you side effects to watch for and how to prevent complications
- Make diet and lifestyle recommendations
- Answer your questions and listen to your concerns
- Change your treatment plan if needed