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If you travel for work or for pleasure, make sure you plan ahead so that you always have access to your heart medication, can continue testing your anticoagulation level and are prepared in case of an emergency.

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Take Your Medication with You

Planning ahead for any travel needs will keep you feeling good while away from home. Always be sure to pack enough medication to last for the entire trip, as well as enough for a few extra days, in case your trip is extended and lasts longer than expected.

Rely on Patient Self-Testing

Many people on long-term anticoagulant therapy are able to safely and effectively use self-testing devices. Check with your insurance provider to see if they cover a portable testing unit.1

Stay in Touch with Your Doctor

Keep your doctor’s contact information with you at all times in case you need to contact him or her with a question or concern.

Wear a Medical Alert Bracelet

In an emergency situation, an identification bracelet, necklace, or wallet card can alert hospital personnel to your specific medical needs. If you are interested in registering for such a service, your physician can give you information on the agencies and services available. Or, you can purchase a medical identification bracelet or necklace from a jeweler or pharmacy.

One of the best-known bracelets comes from MedicAlert®. In the United States, you can reach MedicAlert at 800.432.5378 or visit their Web site at:

1Patient self-testing is only available upon a doctor's prescription and does not replace the need for regular follow-up visits with your doctor.