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Live Well with Congestive Heart Failure
Anticoagulation Clinic
Valley Health’s Anticoagulation Clinic exists to meet the needs of patients who take the common “blood thinner” known as warfarin (brand name Coumadin®).

Physicians may prescribe an anticoagulant to treat a variety of conditions, including:
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Heart valve replacement
  • Clot in the deep veins of the leg
  • Recovery after heart procedure
  • Recovery after heart attack
  • Clot in the lungs
An anticoagulant decreases the blood’s ability to clot and therefore requires careful monitoring of the blood. The Anticoagulation Clinic offers a convenient setting to help patients maintain their target range for the blood’s clotting ability, and learn about the drug and its effects.

Physician referral is required for a clinic appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, call:

540-536-5262 in Winchester
540-636-0636 in Front Royal
540-459-1140 in Woodstock

EPO Clinic
Valley Health offers hematocrit monitoring and erythropoietin (EPO) injections for outpatients at risk for anemia. Anemia can become a serious problem in the absence of normal kidney function and also as a result of bone marrow suppression.

During a clinic visit, patients have their blood pressure checked, receive a finger stick to check their hematocrit count, and, if the count is low, receive an EPO injection.

Appointments are required. For more information or to make an appointment, call:

540-536-5262 in Winchester
540-636-0636 in Front Royal
540-459-1163 in Woodstock

CHF Clinic
Congestive heart failure (CHF) can be managed successfully with medication, diet and activity. Valley Health’s CHF Clinic educates patients with a diagnosis of heart failure about the disease process, the purpose of medications, the limitation of certain foods and beverages that aggravate symptoms, and the importance of activity. The clinic’s team of specialized nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and other healthcare professionals, together with the patient’s own doctor, can assist in managing heart failure and controlling symptoms, allowing the patient a more normal lifestyle.

A physician referral is required for the clinic, which has locations in Winchester and Front Royal. For more information, click here or call 540 536-0518 or 866-264-1595.

EECP® Therapy
Winchester Medical Center offers enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP®) therapy, an outpatient treatment for angina and congestive heart failure. You may be a candidate for EECP if your heart medications no longer relieve your symptoms, you have had an invasive heart procedure and your symptoms have returned, or if you cannot or have chosen not to have further invasive procedures. Your doctor will determine if EECP therapy is an appropriate treatment for you.

During treatment, the patient lies on a table with large blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around the legs and buttocks. The cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times between heart beats. Treatments are usually given for an hour each day, five days a week, for seven weeks.

The EECP® Therapy Program is located at 1840 Amherst Street in Winchester. For more information, call 540-536-5264 or toll-free 866-264-1595.
 
Infusion Center 
Winchester Medical Center provides outpatient infusions for independently ambulatory patients, that is, individuals who can walk on their own. 

Infusions include: 
  • Remicade® for rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease 
  • Intravenous (IV) iron infusions 
  • IgG IV (IV immunoglobulin) 
  • Blood and blood product transfusions 
  • Solu-medrol® infusions 
  • Mediport flushes 
  • Methotrexate injections 
  • Antibiotics 
  • Boniva® and Reclast® 
  • Xolair® 
  • Large volume phlebotomy 
  • Follow-up rabies injections 
Due to the nature of the services provided, it is important that all patients arrive in a timely manner according to scheduled appointment times. Infusions may take several hours; some infusions require a shorter time period. For patient comfort, recliner chairs are available for use during infusions. 

The Infusion Center is located next to the conference center on the Winchester Medical Center campus. Hours of operation: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Wednesday, Friday – 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Saturday, Sunday – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

 For more information, click here or call 540-536-2050 or toll-free 866-264-1595.