The INR Meter, test strips and carrying case are all included in the INR Self Testing Service
Fast results. Your INR displays in just 1 minute.
Easy to read. Large LCD screen with big numbers.
Portable. Uses 4 AA batteries that last 200 tests.
Smart. Stores 60 of your most recent results in memory.
Reliable. Meter is guaranteed and practically maintenance free.
Convenient. Includes handy carrying case for travel and safekeeping.
Philips INR Self-Testing Service
When you qualify for the PT/INR Self-Testing service and an enrollment form is completed by your doctor, you will receive everything you need to perform weekly tests, including:
Accurate, reliable PT/INR meter with batteries and carrying case. The meter is on loan it to you for as long as you continue to self test and report your results to the Philips PT/INR Self-Testing Service.
An ongoing supply of test strips for performing the tests.
In-home training or training at your doctor's office in how to use the meter and perform the tests yourself.
BB, I just wanted to share what I found on a website, it's INR testing at home from Phillips, it may make it easy to maintain appropiate levels, just google INR testing at home and go to Phillips site.
I think it's great that you bring up the topic of daily life after surgery.
There's so much more to just getting operated on and getting home after surgery, there's learning how to go on, how to make changes in your way of life, how to adjust to everyday from now on.
This Sept.24th will be exactly one and a half years since my surgery and am still coping with the fact that I have to live diffrently, I can not go back to the way it was before. I take 760 mg of fish oil daily, vitamin e, vitamin c and a daily aspirin, not to mention that I have to eat diffrently, I can say that am sick of fish, I want pizza for god's sake!
I think you're doing awsome BB :)
Hi BB, I remembrer when I was on warfarin and my inr was at 3.1 I had dizzy spells and bloody gums, I remember my surgeon telling me that if he had to put a mechanical valve I was going to keep my inr at 2.5 to 3, no more than that. Why does your inr has to be at over 3?
Hi BB, I was on coumadin for many years and you can in fact have green veggies. The important thing is to be consistent. In other words, if you are accustomed to eating greens every day, you can still do so, just don't go without and then suddenly start eating them. Be especially careful with so called "supplements", like herbal supplements. They can really affect your PT/INR. As I said, I was on coumadin for several years and I ate a salad just about every day (still do, lol). Good luck and just remember...consistency, consistency, consistency.
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
Hi BB, Watch those green vegetable while on coumadian. Do like Paul said you have to be consistant or it will mess you up. And you have to take it the same time of day everyday or that will mess you up to. My daughter had a rought time of it. Now she has it pretty much under control
Good luck to you
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Hi BB, on the Vitamin K front you only have to be consistent with the amount taken each week and the dosage of Blood thinners can be adjusted appropriately. I manage to eat loads of leafy greens and vitamin K and have a rock solid INR at 2.3 with 2.5 mg of Warfrin. So you dont have to miss all those goodies just be consistent with the intake
I also watch my sodium, last time i had it checked it was 36, a litte lower than what they recomend. I just got used to cooking without salt, I have found tons of ways to make my food tasty, when I have company over they hav no idea it has no salt, of course I use the salt substitute a lot, lol!
Glad to hear youre doing good BB.
Yes I am doing better this week doc appt and levels taken for the first time i had a 3.5. As you know with a mechanical heart (aorta) valve replacement coumadin is a life long drug that requires levels to be between 2.5 and 3.5. This is a vast improvement as opposed to last month where I was sabotaging my levels by eating salads as I received them in hospital and thought sure I can have them.....i thought if i can have one at lunch i can have one at dinner to help with healthy routine....NOT,...so last month my levels were 1.8 and two weeks later I got dizzy while brushing my teeth was ready for work and then felt numb in the l side of my mouth....No doubt ER time...I made it to the recliner that had been my bed for the last two months and called the rescue squad...Had test done it proved I was very fortunate lady with no sign of clot or brain damage and chest ex ray proved no heart enlargement either...the ER doc increase my coumadin from 3 to 5mg just for that day April 9th and to start taking 4mg ...So I was blessed by God and Jesus was not ready for me that is all I can say.... God Bless You
Great to hear you are doing so well...such an inspiration to those of us waiting. Keep up the good work, patience is a virtue...your recovery is a testament to that. Thanks for sharing and please keep us posted on your progress. Any difficulties would also be appreciated, as those of us who are still to go realize it can't be a walk in the park and need to be prepared. Knowledge is power and good for healing.
Way to go B!!! I knew you could do it. You and I had the same issues. You will get a bit better every day and each week, just got to be patient. As you mention, keep doing the walks and the spirometer..soon you will be back to full lung capacity again...just takes a little time.
So happy for you!
B...will be praying for you this week and I am certain you will do just fine. This is the toughest part...the waiting. After your surgery, you will be pretty sore for a while but you will be on the road to recovery and it gets better each day. Hang in there, stay positive and be strong.
Like I said in one of my previous post, it will all work out, I will continue to prayer for you each day, as many others. I know GOD has many GREAT plans for you. I will ask GOD to prepare the way for you, and emcamp his angels around the operation table. You are good hands and you will see how it all works out. GOD BLESS jim
B...I concur totally with the entry below. I am still poking around in the journals, trying to offer whatever help I can be. It seems like yesterday I was at the same point as you are now...nervous as can be, a ton of questions and looking for any bit of advice I could get. As stressful as it was, I just knew I was going to be ok....I knew I was going to recover well. No doubt God gave me this assurance and I was at peace. Nervous and anxious but confident. Kinda hard to explain.
If you get bored, you can read thru my journal and feel free to ask me anything you want. Prayer is a wonderful thing.
Your story is like mine, except I only had an 2nd opinion, and had my surgery Nov 21st, it will all work out. I basically had the same operation you are going to have, replaced my aortic valve and repaired my aortic root. It is so normal to feel nervous, focus all your energy on your recovery, and what you have to do to prepare yourself for surgery. One of the best things to do is send out prayer request to your family & friends, ask GOD to prepare the way for you, and all you have to do is follow. I know GOD has great plans for you and he will take care of you, Like I said, it will all work out, and you will be on the road to a great recovery, stay strong, be positive, and continue to pray. GOD BLESS
Hello B...you are not alone! I too am waiting on aortic valve replacement and possible dilated aorta repair. This site is a blessing to all of us that are "in the same boat". It is only natural to be a little anxious, but it sounds like the surgery has really advanced in recent years and most people I've read are out of the hospital in less than a week. I had my gallbladder removed in the 70's and was in the hospital longer than that! Keep us updated!
B...I had no symptoms whatsoever. My problem was found about 4 years ago while undergoing a test for a irregular heartbeat which turned out to be nothing to worry about. Was not related to my current issues. I was very lucky that I had the flutter, otherwise I would be walking around with this and one day it would have been lights out. We are the lucky ones.
Keep positive and know you can and will get thru this just fine. I will keep checking on you.
BB...you have come to the right place. Much info in the journals, website and in Adam's book. Sounds like your issues are just like mine. I am 7 weeks post AVR w/ aortic aneurysm repair. I am doing great and so will you.
You can read my journal and feel free to ask anything you like.
I too have a bicuspid aortic valve and am scheduled for surgery in Jan. i have known for 10 years that some day it would have to be replaced, that day has come. Its scary times isnt it but im already comforted by the others that have written in my guest book with positive notes. I cant give you any pearls of wisdom but we are not alone and i wish you all the best in your upcoming surgery. Take care