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Be an active part of your anticoagulation therapy

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INR* self-monitoring needs only a drop of blood, is easy, fast and decreases the possibility of complications, such as clots or bleeding *International Normalized Ratio (see page 10 for additional information) Be involved in your anticoagulation therapy Atrial fibrillation Heart valve replacement Venous thromboembolism Ensuring effective warfarin therapy INR monitoring at the hospital, GP’s surgery or at home Patient self-monitoring References

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Be involved in your anticoagulation therapy Anticoagulant treatment Have you just found out from your doctor that you need to start taking an oral anticoagulant? Or are you already taking an oral anticoagulant but would like to have more information? Anticoagulants are drugs which make your blood “thinner” · Some may refer to this as “thinning the blood” but they actually increase the time it takes your blood to clot1. For example after an injury it will take longer for the bleeding to stop than for someone that does not take an anticoagulant · They are taken by millions of people worldwide...

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Atrial fibrillation Percentage of AF patients who have a stroke each year Warfarin reduces your risk of stroke Fig 2: Warfarin reduces the risk of stroke in AF (Adapted from Hart et al, 2007)5 Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common · More than 2.5 million people in the US and 6 million in the EU are affected by this condition10 · AF is especially common in older people, affecting nearly 10% of people over 80 years of age11 What are the treatment options for AF15? · Medications to normalize the heart rhythm · Cardioversion (electric pulse to try to restore a normal rhythm) · Catheter ablation...

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Heart valve replacement A common treatment for heart valve disease Venous thromboembolism Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism Fig 4: A venous thrombosis forms within a vein What is heart valve disease and how can it be treated? · Heart valves ensure that blood flows in only one direction through your heart21 · However, some people are born with faulty heart valves or have damaged valves as a result of disease or ageing21 · If heart valve disease cannot be treated by medication or surgical repair, then the only option is to replace it with an artificial (mechanical) or a tissue...

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Ensuring effective warfarin therapy Knowing your INR value Effective warfarin treatment requires monitoring · Taking the correct dose is crucial for efficient anticoagulation treatment. · The correct dose is established by measuring how long it takes your blood to clot. This is called the International Normalized Ratio (INR)3 · An INR of 1 is normal and is found in people who are not taking warfarin31 · An INR of 2 means that your blood takes twice as long to clot as normal32 · An INR of 3 means that your blood takes three times as long to clot as normal32 Risk of blood clots, e.g. stroke,...

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Self-monitoring can help you achieve independence, whilst having the reassurance of knowing your INR value, anywhere, anytime Your time is important Patient self-monitoring at home Capillary sample drawn with fingerstick Patient self-managing at home INR value on Possible dose CoaguChek® change by HCP XS system Capillary sample drawn with fingerstick INR value on Possible dose CoaguChek® change by patient XS system Clinic appointment needed Patient record reviewed Capillary sample drawn with fingerstick INR value on CoaguChek® XS Pro system Possible dose adjusted and documented by HCP INR...

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Patient self-monitoring Increase your safety and independence Percentage of warfarin patients who had a major blood clot Self-monitoring reduces your risk of blood clots Fig 6: Self-monitoring reduces the risk of major blood clots (Adapted from Bloomfield et al, 2011)36 Be involved with your anticoagulation management · Have the peace of mind that you know your INR value when needed, home or away · Self-monitoring only requires a drop of blood and results are available within a minute · Results can either be reported to your doctor or nurse who will adjust your warfarin dose for you, or you...

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Worldwide more than a quarter of a million people now use patient self-monitoring to monitor their warfarin therapy “With self-monitoring, I feel completely in control of my anticoagulation therapy” “With self-monitoring, I stay within my therapeutic range” “With self-monitoring, I no longer need to take the time to attend regular clinic appointments” With self-monitoring you can test your INR whenever and wherever you like · No more time consuming trips to the hospital or to your local surgery · Don’t worry about holidays – you can take your INR meter with you · You no longer need to take...

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Thanks to CoaguChek® you have the reassurance and peace of mind of always knowing your INR value when needed. Patient self-monitoring enables more regular checks and dosage adjustment if necessary, therefore improving the time spent within your therapeutic range.38 You can manage your anticoagulation therapy wherever you are, whatever you do. There’s no need to change your routine to fit in clinic appointments. If you want to make sure you are in complete control of your anticoagulation therapy, start patient self-monitoring to make this a reality. 18 1...

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Are you interested in monitoring your INR at home? Ask your doctor about more information on patient self-monitoring or visit www.coaguchek.com COAGUCHEK and BECAUSE IT'S MY LIFE Roche Diagnostics International Ltd. CH-6343 Rotkreuz /~V» -ifXt if^hzils® Switzerland K^OSLSUK^nCK www.coaguchek.com Because it's my life

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