Study: Self-monitoring can prevent deaths from blood thinners

02/3/2006 | MSNBC

Better self-monitoring by patients on anticoagulants, or blood thinners, could lead to fewer deaths from blood clots, according to a new study. Reaction to the drugs must be tested regularly to prevent bleeding or hemorrhage, and researchers found that patients who monitored their own treatment with home testing kits and adjusted their dose accordingly had fewer blood clots and deaths than patients who were tested by medical professionals.

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