Home monitoring of INR levels gives patients the ability to take greater control of their healthcare. If you’re interested in taking a more proactive role in your anti-coagulation therapy, self-monitoring may be a good option for you. In order to be successful, you need to be compliant with your doctors orders, and be relatively self-sufficient.
If you are interested in home testing but are worried about dexterity or mobility issues, you do have the option of having a caretaker learn how to operate the meter and test you. To fully utilize the benefits of home monitoring you must test once weekly, so it is important that you remain committed to your anti-coagulation therapy. Our most successful patients are those that are eager to participate in their healthcare and adhere to a regular schedule.