If you received a mechanical heart valve, your doctor may prescribe an anticoagulant medication (blood thinner) to prevent blood clots from forming on or around your new valve.
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Anticoagulant Testing Options
People with mechanical heart valves who take warfarin typically go to a laboratory once a month for INR resting. Another option is to obtain a self-testing unit for home use.
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Traveling for work or pleasure? Make sure to take your heart valve medication along with you and pack extra in case your return trip is delayed.
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