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Managing your anticoagulant medication 77 To keep blood from forming clots, oral anticoagulants must be taken at the same time every day. Make this easier to do by always taking your medication at the same mealtime each day. 77While taking anticoagulants, do not use over-the-counter or prescription medications without first checking with your healthcare provider. The combined effect of the drugs may be dangerous. 77 You’ll also have frequent blood tests—prothrombin time (PT) with international normalized ratio (INR)—done to monitor how well your medication is controlling clotting. Too much medication may cause bleeding; too little may allow clots to form. Understanding Venous Thromboembolism Your Heart Health Goals by the Numbers Along with being aware of your family history, knowing your heart health numbers can help you understand your risk for heart disease. The chart below gives a quick overview of the optimal goals typically recommended by health experts. Risk Goal 77 Blood pressure less than 120/80 mmHg 77 Total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL 77 LDL (“bad”) cholesterol less than 100 mg/dL 77 HDL (“good”) cholesterol 60 mg/dL or higher 77 Triglycerides less than 150 mg/dL 77 Fasting glucose less than 100 mg/dL 77 BMI (body mass index) between 19 and 25 77 Waist circumference less than 40 inches for men, and less than 35 inches for women Keep in mind that your goals may be different based on your personal risk factors. Ask your healthcare provider to help you set goals that are tailored to you. Regular screenings can help you track your progress. Your Heart Health Goals by the Numbers Download/print this PDF PLAY VIDEO Patient Stories of DVT Learning Check! Click the button to take a short quiz on what you’ve learned in Chapter 2. 11


P868 Understanding Venous Thromboembolism
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