Protime INR Lab

The goal of anticoagulation therapy with warfarin (Coumadin) is to decrease the  clotting ability of your blood so that blood clots are prevented.  The most important aspect of warfarin therapy is to keep your levels within a therapeutic range.  If your level goes too low, you are at risk for blood clots, if it goes too high, you are at risk for bleeding.  Many factors can affect your level.  In order to provide you with the safest and most effective therapy, your healthcare provider needs you to act as a partner in your care.  Your role is to gain the necessary knowledge about your warfarin therapy and the factors that affect it, and then apply this knowledge to your daily activities.  The purpose off this book is to empower you with that knowledge.  If you have any questions or concerns about your warfarin therapy after reading this book, please speak with your healthcare provider.