° Atrial Fibrillation
° Mechanical Cardiac Valve Replacement
° Venous Thromboembolism (Deep vein thrombosis and Pulmonary embolism)
° Thromboembolic events
° Post-Myocardial Infarction
° Systemic Embolic events
The most common oral-anticoagulant prescribed to such patients is WARFARIN (COUMADIN).
Before traveling make sure that you are well aware of how to perform the test. Discuss with your health care provider and they will assist you. PATIENT SELF TESTING is very convenient as the kit comes with all the necessary items required to perform the test. You just need to prick your finger with the lancet for a drop of blood, Insert the test strip on the INR METER with the blood sample on it and get the reading. You can then directly communicate with your health care provider, inform him/her about your reading, and can get your doses adjusted accordingly.
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ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH PT/INR TEST METERS
Certain things should be kept in mind before making your travel plans are:
· INFORM YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER: It’s important to inform your health care provider about you trip. They must know all the important details, such as: the place you are visiting, the duration of your travel, your recent INR reading, etc. You must also inform them if you are visiting any high-altitude place as your INR may fluctuate accordingly.
· SCHEDULE YOUR TEST – It is advisable to plan your INR TEST SCHEDULE and to set reminders for how frequently you need to do the testing. While traveling your tests should not be missed.