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    How much warfarin do you take to get to an inr of 2.5 to 3.5?

    Staying in range? TOTALLY AGREE. Don’t assume that she’s in range each and every day. So many people say “I’m in range!” While testing once a month. I test twice a week. I know more about me being in range than most.
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    How much warfarin do you take to get to an inr of 2.5 to 3.5?

    You clearly didn’t read my post. That’s ok. I forgive you for being mean, cursory, argumentative, and distracted. Now to correct your 22 years of experience. First, No, they do not make 10 nanogram pills. They do however make 10mg (milligram) pills. Second, You clearly don’t know what...
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    How much warfarin do you take to get to an inr of 2.5 to 3.5?

    To me, Caroline, I think it makes complete sense why you’re not hitting target. You are quite literally decreasing your dosage by 50% for 3 days … and then doing a 100% increase. Those are quite huge swings in dosage and will definitely result in complementary swings in INR. I am not being...
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    How much warfarin do you take to get to an inr of 2.5 to 3.5?

    That’s not true. They also make 6mg, 7.5mg, and 10mg tablets. I take 11 right now … and for me that’s a 10mg and half of a 2mg. I use half of a 2mg instead of a 1mg so that I can adjust upwards easier if needed.
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    Warfarin and holiday

    I wanted to reply on this comment in particular. If you self-manage, no … double no … and triple no. It is not a challenge at all in this case. In fact, it is the exact opposite. When you self-manage it is actually empowering, comforting, and in lots of cases, fun. Self-managing is an anxiety...
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    How much warfarin do you take to get to an inr of 2.5 to 3.5?

    That’s awesome news! My experience here in the USA (east coast, Maryland), although a very brief experience prior to moving to self management and doing everything on my own, was weekly dose. Nobody cares about keeping my daily dose the same. That “didn’t matter”. Happy to see that things are...
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    How much warfarin do you take to get to an inr of 2.5 to 3.5?

    Everyone is different. And most of us are different during a year. At one time I was taking 14mg a day (98mg a week). I’m currently on 11mg a day. I never use “weekly” dosage. IMHO the USA 🇺🇸 has that all wrong. Keep your daily dose the same (if possible). My dosage can change for any number...
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    4.5 years after Mitral valve replacement, 34 age

    My only recommendation would be to self-test once a week with your own CoaguChek. The literature supports better outcomes for patients that actively manage their INR weekly.
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    Cardiac Catheterization

    I didn’t know what to expect when I had mine. I was in a very light twilight state when they did it and I found everything really interesting and pretty cool. I watched the big monitors as he was doing the testing. If I HAD to pinpoint a bad part (for me), it would be the large amount of...
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    Shock to your body after open heart surgery

    If I could do things all over again, I would wait a year before lifting weights again. This is coming from a guy who could perfectly and slowly benchpress their own body weight 10 times prior to surgery. Instead, I would focus more on my walking and jogging. At the end of my cardiac rehab I was...
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    Shock to your body after open heart surgery

    I wanted to give my experience. I did cardiac rehab and graduated with flying colors. During this time period I didn’t do anything sketchy at home. At home, all I did was walk a lot. 4-1/2 months after surgery I was shooting again. This includes 458 SOCOM, 338 Lapua Magnum, and shotguns. I...
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    RemoteINR alternatives

    I’ve been self managing for about a year or so. I have three (3) CoaguChek meters all purchased over eBay. My meters have always agreed with each other. They are perfect. I’ve done comparisons against INR checks where they draw blood. I’ve done enough veinous INR tests that I don’t trust...
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    10 Weeks Post Op

    Awesome! Great news!
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    Hello from Maryland, St. Jude's bileaflet recipient

    I’m out in the Frederick-ish area 😁
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    Hello from Maryland, St. Jude's bileaflet recipient

    That’s awesome Joe! Pretty sure pellicle was referring to me 😁. I’m in Maryland and I got my valve last year in May.
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    Coagcheck Machine post surgery

    I’m a Boy Scout when it comes to Being Prepared. I have 3 CoaguChek XS units. I also have two extra sets of buttons, 2 extra battery doors, and 2 extra strip guides. 🤷🏻‍♂️. I guess I’ll be good till I’m dead.
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    Lancets for INR testing

    I too use the same lancet many many times. If I had to guess I’d say 10 - 24 times. I test twice a week. Probably change the lancet every couple months? I don’t even know. I’ll set a google reminder to make sure that I change it every 2 months. Never had a problem with infection. And using...
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    Coagcheck Machine post surgery

    Good point! Lol. I’m not sure where I would go. Hmmmmmmm.
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    Coagcheck Machine post surgery

    I got my meter PRIOR to surgery and experimented with testing before surgery. Of course, my INR was 1.0. Lol. But at least I knew the meter was reading 1.0 correctly. Lol. Also, it gave me a little bit of practice before having surgery. With that said, I did NOT take it to the hospital. In...
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    4 weeks post-surgery

    Same here. I eat whatever (except the small list that Chuck mentioned). If you can, find an experienced mentor to assist you with self-managing. It makes all the difference in the world. My INR tends to run around a fair amount 😂🤣. Lots of people tend to report that their INR is super...