Cordes Outpatient Pavilion
16300 HWY 1085, Covington
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Coumadin is a prescribed anticoagulant that decreases the bloods ability to clot. It is prescribed for medical conditions such as heart rhythm disturbances, after a stroke, heart attack or heart valve replacement.
The St. Tammany Health System Coumadin Clinic enables management of this drug. To avoid side effects, in particular bleeding, an INR test can be preformed by a finger stick to keep your drug level within your physician-prescribed range. The test measures the time it takes your blood to clot.
Coumadin should be taken in the afternoon without food and with a full glass of water. Avoid taking Coumadin with other medications. Take Coumadin two hours prior to, or two hours after taking other medicines. After starting a new medication, have your blood checked a few days later.
Many factors can either increase or decrease you bleeding time and INR test. Diet, alcohol consumption, and other medications can affect test results. Avoid use of over the counter medications. Avoid multivitamins containing vitamin K. It is best to keep your diet consistent and to limit your intake of green leafy vegetables to two cups a day.
The St. Tammany Health System Coumadin Clinic is located in the Heart Center across the street from the hospital and is staffed by a registered nurse. Parking is available in front of the building. The hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 - 4:00pm. Please call (985) 898-3751for 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.