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Sarasota Memorial Opens Venice Anticoagulation Clinic to Help People Safely Manage Blood Thinner Medications

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VENICE (Aug. 21, 2014) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System opened a new outpatient clinic this week to help residents in Venice and surrounding communities safely manage their anticoagulation medications and decrease their risk of developing dangerous bleeding or blood clots.

Doctors typically prescribe anticoagulation medication, including Coumadin, Jantoven, warfarin and low molecular weight heparin, to reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots in people who have had heart attacks, strokes or other blood clotting conditions. But it can be a delicate balancing act: taking too much increases bleeding, while taking too little increases the risk of potentially deadly blood clots.

The Venice anticoagulation clinic will be open Wednesdays by appointment. It is located in the Sarasota Memorial Health Care and Urgent Care Center at Venice, 997 N. US 41 Bypass. It is one of six anticoagulation clinics the health system operates at outpatient campuses in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Directed by a board-certified cardiologist, and staffed by a nurse practitioner and specially trained nurses, Sarasota Memorial’s anticoagulation clinic team works with patients and their physicians to monitor and adjust their medication dosage. The clinic staff also provides education and support to help manage changes in diet, medicines and other factors that can interact with the medication. Studies show that patients managed by Anticoagulation Clinics experience fewer adverse events, including bleeding and blood clots, as well as fewer hospital visits resulting from these complications. 

The clinics’ comprehensive one-on-one approach includes:

  • Regular assessment of INR values, medication and lifestyle changes and evaluation of patient needs
  • Lab testing (simple finger-stick technology)
  • Immediate results so dosage can be adjusted if needed
  • Advanced medical assessments and interventions as warranted
  • Ongoing education and support to help patients and their families manage changes in diet, medications and other factors or medical conditions that can affect anticoagulation therapy.

Patients at any level of anticoagulation therapy are welcome, but must have a referral from and visit their managing physician at least once a year. For information or appointments, call (941) 917-8889 our Anticoagulation Clinics page. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance cover some or all of the provided services. 

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System:
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800 physicians, 4,000 employees and 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care centers and physician groups, to laboratory and imaging centers, home health, rehabilitation and long-term care.

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