If you have a high risk of having a heart attack or stroke, Erick E. Calderon, MD, FACC, FSCAI, might prescribe Coumadin®, a blood thinning medication that can reduce your chances of suffering a cardiac event. At Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, in Bradenton and Sarasota County, Florida, Dr. Calderon prescribes medicines like Coumadin to help you improve your circulation and health. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Coumadin is the brand name of a blood thinner known as warfarin. Dr. Calderon prescribes Coumadin to reduce your risk of developing blood clots, which could lead to dangerous cardiac events, such as heart attack and stroke.
If you take Coumadin, Dr. Calderon will monitor your health closely to ensure that your dose is enough to keep your blood moving smoothly but is still able to coagulate in the case of injury.
Dr. Calderon may prescribe Coumadin if your body is producing blood clots, or if you have a condition that is known to increase your risk of developing blood clots. For example, he may prescribe Coumadin if you have atrial fibrillation, a pulmonary embolism, or if you’ve had artificial heart valve surgery.
Blood clots are dangerous because they can move throughout your body and cause severe health problems, such as a heart attack and stroke.
Dr. Calderon will monitor your blood when you take Coumadin. He will give you a test that involves a quick finger-prick. Minutes later, he will have the results, and he will be able to make dosage changes if necessary.
Making healthy lifestyle choices is critical to improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.
The team at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants can provide advice on how to reduce fat, salt, and sugar from your diet. A heart-healthy diet is rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. And you should avoid processed foods and other junk foods.
Furthermore, you should exercise regularly. Even a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood after dinner can be beneficial to your cardiovascular and overall health. Dr. Calderon will give you advice on what exertion levels are safe for you.
If you want to know more about Coumadin or things you can do to reduce your risk of heart problems, call Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants or schedule an appointment online.