Cordes Outpatient Pavilion
16300 HWY 1085, Covington
Warfarin (Coumadin®) is a prescribed anticoagulant that decreases the blood’s ability to clot. It is prescribed for medical conditions such as heart rhythm disturbances, strokes, heart valve replacements or blood clotting disorders.
The St. Tammany Health System Coumadin Clinic facilitates management of this drug. To minimize side effects, in particular bleeding, an INR test should be performed regularly to keep drug levels within the physician-prescribed therapeutic range. The test measures the time it takes blood to clot and can be done with a finger stick, giving immediate results in the clinic.
Coumadin should be taken in the evening, with or without food and with a full glass of water. Many factors can either increase or decrease bleeding time and the INR test, such as diet, alcohol consumption and other medications. It is best to keep your diet consistent from week to week. Multiple medications have the potential to cause a drug-drug interaction with Coumadin. Therefore, you should always contact the Coumadin Clinic if/when starting any new, prescribed or over-the-counter medication.
The St. Tammany Health System Coumadin Clinic is located in the Cordes Outpatient Pavilion on Highway 1085 and is staffed by clinical pharmacists and medical assistants. Parking is available in front of the building. The hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 - 4:00pm. Please call (985) 898-3733 for information.
PACEMAKER/ICD (defibrillator) CLINIC
Patients with pacemakers, require routine monitoring to ensure that the mechanism is functioning at its optimal level. You will be given a telephone transmitter and instructions to enabling you to perform this check over the phone by a registered nurse. The procedure takes about five minutes.
The checks are schedule a certain time on the month the procedure needs to be done. If you go out of town for extended time period take the transmitter with you and the clinic will call you at your new location.
In addition to regular phone checks, pacemakers/ICD need to be interrogated by the representative that assisted in the installation of your pacemaker in the hospital. These interrogations are scheduled every 6-12 months depending on your type of pacemaker/ICD. During this procedure minor adjustments can be made and valuable information on how your heart has been functioning can be forwarded to your cardiologist.
The St. Tammany Health System pacemaker/ICD clinic is located across the street from the hospital in the Heart Center.Should you have any question about your pacemaker please call the clinic at (985) 898-3751. Checking your pacemaker is quick and requires no inconvenience.