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BLOOD THINNERS

CAN YOU MANAGE YOUR OWN BLOOD THINNERS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Blood thinning medications are used by millions of people to reduce their risk of forming blood clots, but they are challenging, most often requiring visits to a clinic to make sure blood levels of the drug are just right. But now more and more people are managing their own blood thinners, with good outcomes, a recent study found. Michael Streiff, a hematologist at Johns Hopkins, describes the results.

STREIFF: What they found was that patients doing self-management or self-testing have outcomes that are equivalent or better than patients who are managed in an anticoagulation clinic.      :10

There is a caveat, however.

SSTREIFF: It requires a lot of training to do this self testing and self management. Only about 20% of the potential participants were able to actually complete the training program and participate in the study.       :13

So it youíre using blood thinners and are willing to be trained in how to best manage them for yourself, talk with your physician. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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