Managing Your Medication

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Managing your heart valve medication is an important part of daily life following your valve surgery. Be sure to consult with your doctor if you have any questions about your prescribed and over-the-counter medications, testing options or traveling.

Understanding Anticoagulation

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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