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    Smart Watch etc. Heart Arrythmias

    I've been evaluating a few generic Smartwatches. One of my first cheapos took what they claimed was an EKG - but there was no way to transfer the readings to the phone. The three that I've been sent in the last two weeks detect heart rate - and can do constant monitoring -- but there's no EKG...
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    Coagucheck XS Test Strips Chip Code

    The chips are calibrated to give a reagent value for the current lot of chips (in addition to an expiration date). It's likely that the reagents used for each batch have values that are pretty close. It's probable that the results will be within .5 or less, regardless of which chip is matched...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    Things keep getting, as Alice would say, curiouser and curiouser. Last Friday I had a blood draw and, of course, tested with my meters: Coag-Sense 2.0 CoaguChek XS - 2.5 (a bit of a surprise, I expected the XS to be closer to 3.0) Lab - 2.8 I realize that the XS and lab were within 20%...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    I tried to report an issue a few months ago, and got no response. I will probably try again - thanks for the link.
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    Coagucheck XS Test Strips Chip Code

    My new box of strips may have had the tape at one time - the box appeared to have been damaged in shipping - which may have caused damage to the box and caused the chip to fall out the back of the box. Plus, I can't imagine HOW the vendor would have found a chip with the same number on the vials...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    I wouldn't make adjustments to dosage based on the differences -- in either case, you (or your wife) are in range. I'm dealing with a different situation: I reported that my Coag-Sense gave me a 2.7, my XS a few minutes later gave me a 4.1. The lab, two hours later, gave a 3.4. This brings up...
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    Coagucheck XS Test Strips Chip Code

    Dana - thanks. That's good information. In addition to lot number and expiration date, the chips probably have a value for the reagent used by the strips, so the result is 'accurate.' What I suggest to Eva is to nag Roche again. They may have extra code strips. What she may also do is contact...
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    Coagucheck XS Test Strips Chip Code

    Dana - thanks. That's good information. In addition to lot number and expiration date, the chips probably have a value for the reagent used by the strips, so the result is 'accurate.' What I suggest to Eva is to nag Roche again. They may have extra code strips. What she may also do is contact...
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    Drinking alcohol on warfarin

    The title of this post was Drinking Alcohol on Warfarin. I found that it's a lot better to drink alcohol on something else. For example, pouring tequila over an slice of lime, or pouring a mix of alcohol and juices over muddled mint, or something like that. I'm not sure if putting alcohol would...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    Wow. This thread has certainly strayed from the original intention - comparing CoaguCheck XS to Coag-Sense to lab results. In a lot of tests a few months ago, after getting home from one of my hospitalizations where they reduced my INR, I monitored as I brought it up - using CoaguChek XS and...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    Jantoven didn't work for me -- I couldn't manage my INR. I had to take generic warfarin, instead of Jantoven (yes, there's a difference). You shouldn't have to make any changes to diet or activity - in fact, you shouldn't so that, if there is a change in INR, you'll be able to point at Jantoven...
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    Interactions

    Antibiotics WILL usually change your INR. This is because it kills the bacteria in your stomach and intestines that helps break down food (or whatever goes down there). I don't recall, exactly, if it raises or lowers your INR, but if you're on an antibiotic for a few days, and you have a meter...
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    INR has been 1.77 for two weeks...

    Did I say Ketchup? I meant mustard - the Turmeric is what gives it the yellow color. There's a lot of turmeric in mustard. For myself, I don't like either mustard or ketchup, so avoiding mustard isn't a problem for me.
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    INR has been 1.77 for two weeks...

    A little turmeric powder shouldn't be a big deal. Stay away from supplements, probably avoid Ketchup, and you'll probably be okay. As far as freedom of choice as it regards masks and social distancing -- these are public health measures - not displays of political ideology. With the 5 million...
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