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Cor Vasa. 1988;30(4):292-7.

International travel amongst patients on chronic anticoagulation therapy.

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  • 1Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.


The travel habits of a group of patients on anticoagulants after heart valve replacements with mechanical prostheses have been investigated. In spite of their advanced mean age (63 at follow-up) more than half of the patients (55%) thought that they could travel without problems. Of those who had been travelling 56% had been to a foreign country. Only 5% had check-ups of prothrombin time when staying abroad. The adoption of the International Normalized Ratio for prothrombin control, patient education and international agreements making it easier to have check-ups of prothrombin time, can result in more patients on anticoagulants, for different reasons, to travel, thus increasing their quality of life.

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