Coumadin services now are available at the office of Kentucky Heart & Vascular Physicians, 5000 State Route 321, Prestonsburg, Ky.
Kentucky Heart & Vascular Physicians is affiliated with King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) and its Kentucky Heart Institute. Coumadin services at Prestonsburg will be under the medical direction of cardiologist Vaughn Payne, M.D. Office staff can be reached at 606.886.7595.
More than four million Americans regularly take a blood-thinning medication. Maintaining the correct blood levels is essential. KDMC’s Coumadin services works in partnership with the patient and physician to ensure therapy is as safe and effective as possible.
Because blood thinners reduce the body’s ability to form clots, bleeding is the most serious risk. Physicians order regular blood tests to ensure the medication levels are in the correct therapeutic range. Those on blood thinners must pay close attention to cuts, bruises, falls, trauma and other injuries that can cause bleeding.
Blood thinners often are prescribed for those who: have an irregular heartbeat, such as atrial fibrillation (A-fib); had a prior heart attack or stroke; had valve replacement or repair; had deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism; and those who are at risk for these conditions.
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