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Forbes Regional Hospital Opens New Anticoagulation Management Center; Offers Convenient Monitoring for Patients Taking Blood Thinners

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

MONROEVILLE – East Suburban residents taking blood-thinning medication warfarin (Coumadin) now have a convenient option for managing their care with the opening of the Anticoagulation Management Center at Forbes in Monroeville.
 
The Anticoagulation Management Center at Forbes offers point-of-care testing for patients requiring long-term or temporary anticoagulation therapy. They can expect instant laboratory results during their visit, using a small drop of blood from the finger.
 
“Warfarin is the most commonly used blood thinner in the U.S., but patients must be carefully monitored because of the drug’s interactions with food and other medications,” said Margaret Kennedy, MD, Medical Director of the Anticoagulation Management Centers at West Penn Allegheny Health System. “Until recently, adjusting warfarin dose could have taken days, but we can now complete this process in minutes during one brief office visit.”
 
Instant results can translate into reduced medical complications and prevention of bleeding, bruises or other side effects of incorrect dosage. The Anticoagulation Management Center also offers personal consultations regarding diet, medications and overall health, and is approved by most insurance companies.
 
With the opening of the Center at Forbes, West Penn Allegheny Health System now operates four Anticoagulation Management Centers; others are located at West Penn Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital and Alle-Kiski Medical Center. A new center is also planned at the Outpatient Care Center in Peters Township.
 
The Forbes Center is located at 2566 Haymaker Road, POB 1, Suite 306, Monroeville PA 15146. Hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
For more information, call the Center at 412.858.7776.
 
 
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