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Patients at risk for blood clots and prescribed anticoagulation (blood thinning) therapy by their physician can benefit from services provided through Community Hospital's Anticoagulation Clinic located near the hospital campus at 9054 A Columbia Avenue in Munster. Our team of pharmacists works in collaboration with your referring physician to provide close supervision for effectiveness of the anticoagulation therapy, providing education, consultation, medication monitoring and other services, such as immediate protime/INR test results.
Patients who have had blood clots in the legs (called deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (called pulmonary embolus) require blood-thinning medications as a preventative measure. Anticoagulants may also be prescribed by a physician if their patient has heart problems or artificial heart valves, or an irregular heart beat, called atrial fibrillation. Studies have shown that those with the heart condition called atrial fibrillation are at risk for stroke. Anticoagulation therapy can reduce this risk by about 60 percent in men and 84 percent in women.
All patients receiving treatment from the clinic must have a physician's referral. To schedule an appointment and for more information, call 219-852-3784.