The CoumadinÂ® (Warfarin) Help Book
Anticoagulation Therapy to Prevent and Manage Strokes, Heart Attacks, and Other Vascular Conditions
Diana M. Schneider, Ph.D.
Publication Date: July 2008
ISBN 13: 978-0-9793564-2-1
Trade Paperback: 160 pages
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Includes Charts, Resources
Health & Fitness / Heart Disease / Stroke / Pulmonary Embolism
This essential guide was written for everyone who must take the anticoagulation drug CoumadinÂ® or its generic form warfarin, and who finds the dietary and medication guidelines that need to be followed both confusing and complicated. It explains why these drugs require modifications to the diet and careful monitoring of both prescription and over-the-counter medications, emphasizing that consistency is the key to success. It will help readers to live a normal, healthy life despite the restriction involved in successfully taking this medication; tables containing information about foods and drugs will be referred to constantly. This book provides the information that every person who requires anticoagulation therapy needs to manage their medication and get on with their lives.
The book provides detailed information on:
- How these drugs work to prevent the formation of blood clots;
- What readers should know about the vitamin K content of foods and anticoagulation therapy, and how to regulate their diet to maintain clotting at the optimal level for therapeutic effectiveness;
- Potential side effects, including the risk of bleeding when appropriate levels are not maintained as well as â€śnuisanceâ€ť effects such as mild hair loss;
- How both prescription and nonprescription drugs, as well as alcohol, can affect anticoagulant effectiveness, including those that enhance their action and cause excessive blood thinning and life-threatening bleeding; and how to work with your physician to maintain an optimal anticoagulant level while taking needed medications;
- Managing anticoagulation therapy when surgery is needed or new medical conditions are diagnosed, and why these drugs should not be taken during pregnancy; and
- tables provide detailed information on the Vitamin K content of specific foods and supplements, interactions with prescription and nonprescription drugs, and more.
Introduction. How to Use This Book. General Guidelines for Successfully Managing CoumadinÂ® and Warfarin. SECTION I. THE BASICS: WHY ANTICOAGULATION IS NECESSARY FOR YOU. What is an Anticoagulant, and why is Controlling Blood Clotting So Important?; The Consequences of Abnormal Clot Formation: Stroke, Heart Attacks, and More; Common Conditions that Cause Blood Clots to Form. SECTION II. SUCCESSFUL ANTICOAGULATION MANAGEMENT. How Should I Take CoumadinÂ® or Warfarin?; Monitoring: Maintaining Your Clotting Rate in the Desired Range; Side Effects of Oral Anticoagulant Therapy; Dietary Considerations with Oral Anticoagulant Therapy; How Do Drugs and Supplements Affect CoumadinÂ® or Warfarin Levels?; Anticoagulants and Other Medical Conditions. SECTION III. GENERAL HEALTH CONCERNS. Managing Your General Health; Out and About: Managing CoumadinÂ® or Warfarin When Away From Home. Resources
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diana M. Schneider, Ph.D. originally trained as a biochemist but has been in medical and health publishing for over 30 years. She founded Demos Medical Publishing in 1985, and is currently President and Publisher of DiaMedica Publishing, whose publications focus on a wide range of health and wellness topics.
Following her own experience with taking CoumadinÂ®, and frustrated by the lack of accessible information, she found that many friends and family members were already taking the drug to prevent strokes and heart attacks. Many of them were having difficulty in managing the drug because they did not understand the way the drug works, why it is important to maintain a diet that is consistent in its intake of foods that contain Vitamin K - a major component in the control of blood clotting, or why many drugs commonly used by millions of people have a major effect on the drugâ€™s effectiveness. She decided to combine her expertise as a biochemist and in publishing books targeted to people with a wide range of medical conditions to provide this guide that will help make it possible for people needing anticoagulation medication to live normal, healthy lives with minimal restrictions.
Praise for The CoumadinÂ® (Warfarin) Help Book…
Everyone taking CoumadinÂ® (Warfarin) needs this Help Book! The complexity of this medication demands close observation and diligence on the part of the recipient. A thorough understanding of your medical condition, why CoumadinÂ® (Warfarin) was prescribed by your physician, and what you must do to keep your NIR blood levels within the normal range is imperativeâ€¦ a quick read; packed with vital information, and should be a part of prescribed care for all CoumadinÂ® (Warfarin) patients.â€ťâ€” Cleo Hutton, author of After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier and Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal
The heart is a vital organ, but there is so much wrong that can go with it. The CoumadinÂ® (Warfarin) Help Book is a manual for the drug known as CoumadinÂ®/Warfarin and its effect on the heart. Covering the uses of the drug and its potentially nasty side effects as well as possible problems that could come with mixing it with certain foods and beverages, author Diana Schneider has written a comprehensive and thoroughly “user friendly” guide book. If one is deciding if the drug is right for them, The CoumadinÂ® (Warfarin) Help Book is a good read alongside the advice of a physician.”â€” Midwest Book Review
As someone who will remain on Coumadin (Warfarin) for the foreseeable future herself, this highly readable, reassuring little book provides me and all its users the confidence to simply stop worrying, take a deep breath, and get on with your life. This book demystifiesâ€”and simplifiesâ€”the reasons for taking and managing this frequently prescribed oral anticoagulant.â€ťâ€” Maggie Lichtenberg, PCC, author, The Open Heart Companion: Preparation and Guidance for Open-Heart Surgery Recovery