Blood thinners are usually prescribed to patients who have heart disease. The most common blood thinner prescribed by doctors is warfarin which is sold under the brand name Coumadin. It prevents clot formation in the blood and is often prescribed for people with pulmonary embolism and atrial fibrillation. Patients who have had heart valve surgery are also prescribed these.
If clots are formed in the blood, they can move to various parts of the body and cause serious complications. It is essential that you are not overprescribed blood thinners as this can lead to clotting times that are dangerously high where bleeding takes abnormal time to stop. Your doctor would therefore perform periodic PT (prothrombin time) and INR (international normalized ratio) blood tests and adjust your anticoagulation medication dose.
Most of the time, people are compelled to visit hospitals for no other reason other than PT/INR tests which can be quite inconvenient and expensive. Such people can make use of home anticoagulation monitors. You could purchase aCoaguChek XS System with the aid of which you can get the results in just about 1 minute at the convenience of your home.
You can also make use of CoaguChek XS test strips. The product can be used once you are thoroughly trained on its use. You have training DVD, user manual and getting started guide, which serve this purpose. Keep in mind that you need to inform the doctor before using anticoagulation monitor or test strips. You must also ensure that you report the readings regularly to your doctor so that appropriate medication adjustments can be made.
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