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Encouraging INR self-testingJan 25, 2011 11:50 EST
Despite the recent Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center randomized clinical trial reporting that INR self-testing did not reduce major bleeding complication rates or onset of new strokes, there are several reasons to continue to encourage patients to self-test.
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