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Question of the Week: How do they check your INR & When do you get your results?

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Hi,

(How do they check my INR?)

Always a vein draw.

(How long to get the results?)

Sometimes they call with the results the next day. Most of the time I have to call for the results...So I would say I get the results within one or two days.

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I do not have that done :) In fact the only thing that I am told is to take my aspirin. It's funny when I go to a new doctor or "specialist" and I have to explain to them what this is, in addition to my two other conditions. :cat:

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have it drawn at lab, dr. calls that afternoon or next day.

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I will only let them check my INR with a vein draw.

Even though my medical records state "Vein Draw Only", last month there was a new technician in the lab. She sent me to the room with the finger prick machine and proceeded to tell me that is the easiest way to do the Protime test. I then proceeded to explain to her about Antiphospholipid Antibodies. :) I won, and she knows me now.

My hospital clinic has started posting lab results on a secured website, so I always know my INR within a few hours. The Coumadin clinic nurse still calls me the same day to review my dosage.

I have been theraputic for a while, so I only have to test monthly. :thumbsup:

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That's fantastic ! I'm glad you only have to test monthly and get your results so quickly.

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I have vein draw, every 1-2 weeks.  I go in the morning and have my results by mid afternoon.

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I have a vein drawn test at the lab and get results in several days. I usually call my General practitioner.
I use to have the Cardiologist office monitor it, but they had a hard time understanding that APS causes me to have to be at a higher INR .

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I get my INR checked w/ a vein draw and usually know the same day as the nurse will call w/any adjustments.

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Well me I use coagucheck :( they are not keen on vein sample - even in clinic they use finger prick - but everytime I go to the hospital I always fill in my own form for a vein draw -

Once done I get a call in the afternoon to let me know the result and change dose accordingly

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Sarah

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I always have a vein draw - I get the results the same day. I too am theraputic so I only have it done once a month or so.

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That doesn't surprise me, when i was diagnosed with APS my PC had to look it up himself and I still run into doctors that I have to explain it too or who have to go educate themselves before they treat me.

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vein draw and results within 4 hours generally

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I get vein draws. Always. I usually get the results later that day or the very next day. I usually have to go every two weeks. Occasionally I get too low or high and have to go every week or three weeks.

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I have a vein draw and know the results within 10 minutes. They do not let me leave the office without knowing my results and any adjustments to my meds. They never allow me to go more than 2 weeks between draws even if I and within range.

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Dennis has it done once a month at the clinic by finger has NEVER had no problems with being off. We find out within a minute. He always matches no matter if it is finger or vein drawn. The only time he has more than one is prep for surgery or someting in that line.
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Because I'm on Arixtra, it doesn't require regular INR's.  They check about once a year, or whenever there is a possible clot.

Toni:bfly:

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my doc usesthe coag check with the finger prick. i have read it may be inaccurate but getting the doc to make any change is like pulling teeth. since i have been on home care i get a vein draw.

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Mention the word liability to your doctor. It is well documnented Bev. Not sure why he wont listen to you. Have you printed info of and given it to him.

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Finger prick, every three weeks. And the results are practically instant

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You and your doctors realize that finger stick machines are NOT accurate in APS patients, right.

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Well had a vein draw 11:00 am Saturday ....still no results !

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Susan...call them two hours after the draw. There is no excuse for this and then lodge a complaint.

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I finally got the results today, 2.5 they called at 9am. They told me they would be still open then and when I called they were closed until this morning....urrrrr

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No more Saturday blood draws.  Sorry, if that was a super high or low INR, you would have been in trouble.

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I was getting a vein draw once a month until I bled out. Was taken off warfarin to heal, and now am back on it so it is like the beginning. I am concerned the doctor is keeping my levels too low for fear of another bleed. I am at 19 and he wants to keep it there.

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How low is low?

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Question? Is it the machine that is inaccurate or where they draw the blood?

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A finger stick machine is NOT accurate.  So a finger stick is not accurate because of the type of blood they are clotting.

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Right there with you.
Can I just copy and paste your reply???haha
That's all fine until you start having new symptoms arise...now it ticks me off that I've never been regularly checked. Since I've been having new symptoms I've been reading lots on LOTS of forums...the States aren't being extremely proactive to put it mildly...

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Where are the docs in the USA that understand APS? Are there any in the south that you know of?
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Here is the list: http://www.apsfa.org/apsfadrlist.htm

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Hello,

In the past whilst on Warfarin my INR was checked via blood test every couple of days depending upon the result. I sometimes would have to phone the lab for the result or they would call me. I am now on a clinical trial with Xarelto and my INR is not being checked.

Tracy

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Hi,

Used to be finger prick until I was diagnosed with APS.
Now it is vein draw.

Usually a day or two to get results.

Heather

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Never let them go that long Heather.  It only takes 20 minutes to run that lab.  And that vial only last so long.  So start calling them after 6 hours.  Train them to call you right away. :wink:  Two days later when your are low or high could be a bad thing.

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I have a vien draw usually every 3-4 weeks depending on my INR. Doctor calls within a few hours of test. :)

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I have a nurse that has been coming to my home. It was once a week, then bi weekly, now once a month.. with couchek. I have only had to change dosage once but have only been diagnosed since October.

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Vein draw only. The machine/finger poke gauge wasn't even close to the needle.

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Doesn't surprise me with your off the wall LAC. 

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Was using finger sticks, too many inconsistencies, going with a new doctor.

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I always get vein draws at least one time per month and receive the results the next day.

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Vein draw once a week at the lab. I get the results the next day. I've been on Coumadin for 4.5 years. (PE & Stroke)
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