Coumadin Clinic / Holter Monitoring
Coumadin (also known by the generic name “warfarin”) is an anticoagulant—or blood thinner—that reduces the formation of blood clots. It is used to prevent heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems resulting from blood clots.
For many patients, Coumadin is a medication they will be on for a very long time, and there are important lifestyle considerations for people who are advised to take it. As a result, the effective management of the medication dosage, as well as the patient’s response to that dosage, is very important to their overall health and well-being.
Sacramento Heart’s Coumadin Clinic helps patients requiring Coumadin/ warfarin therapy. Our professionals will help you find your optimum medication dosage, as well as answer any questions you have about medication side-effects, dietary restrictions, interactions with other medications/antibiotics and more.
A Holter monitor is a device designed to monitor the heart’s rhythm continuously for 24 hours. The patient wears the device, which includes electrodes attached to the chest, and goes about their daily activity. The device records heart rates and heart rhythm during the day and night, which is then stored on a memory medium and is retrieved and reviewed the next day by a physician at our center.
Event monitors are smaller devices for patient monitoring over a longer period of time, generally up to a month. Unlike the Holter monitor, event monitors only record heart rhythm when the patient pushes a button in response to experiencing a symptom. When a recording is made, it can be transmitted over the phone to our center for analysis.