How do I know my heparin or warfarin therapy is working?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Periodic blood tests are necessary when you take heparin or warfarin to make sure they're working and to prevent complications of antiphospholipid syndrome. A prothrombin time (PT) test is used to calculate your International Normalized Ratio (INR), which shows if your warfarin level is in the therapeutic range. When you take heparin, a partial thromboplastin time (PTT) test can indicate if your dosage is appropriate. Your doctor may want you to have your blood tested every few weeks, but more frequent testing may be necessary early in therapy or when your dosage is changed.

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