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    Coaguchek XS strips VERY recently expired - can anyone use them?

    Hi all, My mom passed away on 2/14/18 and she went off coumadin a few months before that (with her doctor's approval). I had a bunch of strips that I sent over to pellicle for his testing and just found some more as I was going through some things. Both containers have the chips for the...
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    Anyone want some free Coaguchheck XS strips unopened?

    Hi all, After 35+ years on Coumadin, we've taken mom off it (with approval of her cardiologist). She has been on hospice since May and up until about 2 months ago things were ok with her coumadin with me doing weekly or 2x weekly testing and making small adjustments as needed to dosing (with...
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    Antibiotic affect on INR

    Hi all, Mom was in the hospital again for a week on antibiotics. Testing daily in the hospital had her in range with no issues and she's been home a week and I've tested her 3 times. Was 2.6 first time, then 2.5 and today 4.4!!! I'm obviously holding her dose tonite and will be testing again...
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    Buying strips online

    If I wanted to buy some strips for our home meter online just to have in case I needed them before the company will send new ones, or say mom has to go on an antibiotic and I need to test more than once / week, what do you recommend for how long they "last"? I am seeing on eBay options for 48...
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    How far into range are you comfortable with?

    Random question... we're doing mom's testing at home now (thanks to the help of a bunch of nice folks here) and the last 3 Fridays she's been at 2.1 (2 - 3 is her target range). She takes 5mg every day except Tuesday and Thursday where she does 2.5mg. I'd like to see her a little more into the...
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    Lancet size

    Hi all, New to home testing on mom and wasted a strip this week because of not enough blood. 3 sticks later (and got smart about not even trying to touch the strip until I knew it was enough) I got a decent drop of blood out of her. We let her hand hang down (she's in a wheelchair so can't do...
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    Finally set up with home monitoring

    Hi all, Thanks to the help and guidance of all the great people here, I finally got mom set up with home testing through Roche. The nurse came out Friday for the training and we'll do weekly testing. Apparently the Coaguchex app only exists for apple and we run all android but I can submit...
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    INR above 8.0????

    So my mother who's been on coumadin and pretty darn stable for 35 years just went for her finger stick (still working on the home kit) and it read 8 (which is the max of the machine apparently). Her caregiver was with her so they called me. She retested in another finger, same. They're going to...
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    INR above 8.0????

    So my mother who's been on coumadin and pretty darn stable for 35 years just went for her finger stick (still working on the home kit) and it read 8 (which is the max of the machine apparently). Her caregiver was with her so they called me. She retested in another finger, same. They're going to...
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    How do I get mom started with home testing?

    Hi all, Been a while since I wrote but mom's ticker is still going strong, she's developed other health issues but we're plugging along. I took her warfarin management away from her GP after a discussion with her cardio. He has always supported a finger stick while her GP insisted on blood...
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    Has the online calculator gone down?

    Hi all, I was going to use the link I've always used to calculate mom's dosage: http://www.pace-med-apps.com/CoumCalc.htm And I'm getting the error below. Not Authorized to View This Page [CFN #0004] Is the site gone? thanks!
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    Warfarin dosing gut check

    Hi all, My mom's been on warfarin for a bad native mitral valve and constant a-fib. Has been well managed where very few changes in dosage, changed from 4mg to 3mg / day back in March after a fall and short hospital stay. 2 tests ago (3 weeks) she was at 1.5 so her GP that manages the dosing...
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    Really trying to not blow a gasket... (sort of graphic - re: cut/blood)

    The history behind this is posted in this thread: http://www.valvereplacement.org/forums/showthread.php?38498-INR-range-for-person-on-ACT-because-of-a-fib-all-native-valves This Saturday afternoon, my mom had her first "bleed event" since being put on Coumadin about 30 years ago. She decided...
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    Cleveland Plain Dealer series mentions this forum

    Hi all, Haven't posted in a while (had a scare this weekend when mom fell off a chair that I might post about related to Coumadin) but have been reading when I can. I got an email from Cleveland Clinic today re: a series the Cleveland Plain Dealer did. I'm reading the first article and the...
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    INR range for person on ACT because of a fib, all native valves

    Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone here is on ACT because of a fib only, and not because they've had a valve replaced? My mom has been on ACT for almost 30 years and is very steady in dosing (4mg / day of coumadin). She has not had valve surgery so all valves are native. The reason I ask is...
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    No surgery (for now) for mom.

    Hi all, Got back from CCF last nite after a full day of tests yesterday for mom and then a meeting with Dr. Lytle. Not a whole lot on her echo has changed in 6 months (slightly higher PAP by a few mmHg but he said it's surgically not relevant given the small change), no worse on the regurg for...
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    Mom's back in the "waiting room" I think

    Hi everyone, Been a while since I posted but I've been reading off and on as much as possible. As some of you know, my mom has twice gone out to CCF based on her home cardio thinking it was time for her MV replacement (once 10.5 years ago, once this past December) and CCF has said not time yet...
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    My mother's local cardio doesn't support home testing.

    Mom had her follow up with the local cardio today. She asked about a hospital/clinic in the area that does finger prick vs vein draw and also home testing (she's not sold on home testing herself but WOULD go to a place that does a finger prick) and he said that no place in the area does a...
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    What is a stress test going to show??

    Hi all, My mom had her follow up with her local cardio today after the 1/3/11 MV replacement surgery in Cleveland Clinic was canceled (http://www.valvereplacement.org/forums/showthread.php?37036-Well-we-re-back-from-Clevelandand-not-going-back-in-January!!). I planned to go with her but I am...
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    Well we're back from Clevelandand not going back in January!!

    Hi all, We got back at just before 1am this morning after leaving CCF about 6:40 last nite. Wasn't a bad trip at all. One gas stop and clear roads. Instead of seeing us between surgeries, Dr. Lytle pushed us back until after his last surgery which I think worked out best because he spent almost...
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