People who suffer with Atrial Fibrillation ask this question very, very frequently. It is a common worry. Why? A couple reasons seem to pop up when you ask patients. First, people are afraid of the medication used to prevent strokes called warfarin. (The trade name and most commonly used medication is called Coumadin®.) Because Atrial Fibrillation can lead to stagnant blood flow, and the formation of blood clots within the upper priming chambers of the heart called the Atria, strokes can occur with Atrial Fibrillation. Due to this it is highly recommended by cardiologists that patients with Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter be on an anticoagulant medication. Warfarin/Coumadin® is the medication that is usually prescribed. Warfarin is a chemical that keeps the blood from clotting properly. It works to block the effects of Vitamin K in the clotting mechanism of the body. In layman’s terms, warfarin thins the blood.&...
Most people think that the big advantage of being able to test their Coumadin levels at home would be the convenience of not having to get tested at a clinic every month. But in fact the big advantage is the more information and therefore greater control you would get from weekly testing at home. Few people are getting those levels tested at home yet. Before my wife died four and one-half years ago we tried in vain to get medical insurance coverage for that home testing. She had had to take Coumadin for atrial fibrillation, which was probably one of the complications that she had from her diabetes. Medicare started covering home testing for people who had mechanical heart valves in 2001. But it wasn’t until 2008, a year after Catherine died, that they started covering that testing for chronic atrial fibrillation and deep vein thrombosis. If you have Medicare the cost is minimal. Medicare covers 80 percent of the cost, and if you have a secondary supplement, it picks up the rest, $2...
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