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August 27, 2007

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Gary B Liska

Building on rapid office based testing with a simple finger stick - patients should discuss weekly home monitoring with their doctor. This allows patients to easily and accuarately obtain an INR test results in their home. For more information and to see how this works to support improved Coumadin safety email me: Gary B Liska
at gliska@qasmail.com

Eliz Greene

Thanks Gary! I checked out your website at www.PTINR.com and it is fantastic! Having the ability to test at home would vastly improve the qualify of life for women living on blood thinners -- I'm delighted you shared this information with us.

Thanks,

Eliz

Al Lodwick

This is not news. Many of us have been testing like this for 10 years or more. The question should be why nobody told her about this before.

Eliz Greene

You are right Al. That IS a better question! So far I haven't talked to a patient who has even heard of home INR testing, and I've been asking around. Obviously, more people need to know.

Mellanie True Hills

Several years ago, I read about home INR monitors, which seemed to be a perfect solution to my challenge of having to track down labs for weekly INR testing while traveling the country in our motorhome. My doctors, however, felt that home monitoring was too unreliable and too expensive, and thus could not recommend it.

Fourtunately, atrial fibrillation surgery eliminated my need for Coumadin® several years ago. In the meantime, there has been a lot of progress with home INR testing. My sense is that many doctors still believe that home monitoring is unreliable and expensive, which is why they don't recommend it to their patients.

I believe that the ability to test on demand could prevent strokes and save lives.

Mellanie, Founder of www.StopAfib.org atrial fibrillation patient resource

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