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Some conditions can prevent blood from clotting properly, may cause the blood to clot too easily or cause clots to remain in the body for too long. Clotting (or coagulation) tests are often used to monitor patients taking anticoagulants - medications that decrease the ability of the blood to clot.
Anticoagulant medications are often prescribed to patients after they have suffered a heart attack or stroke. Those with arrhythmia (an irregular heart beat) may also take anticoagulants to prevent a first or recurrent stroke.
This test evaluates the clotting tendency of blood and the time it takes for clots to form using the standard measures of prothrombin time (PT), APTT and the International Normalised Ratio (INR) which is derived from PT. These tests can reveal if clotting factors are low or absent and can help to identify which ones. INR is typically used to help inform dosage for patients taking anticoagulants (commonly warfarin) and to monitor progress over time.
Fibrinogen is a protein that aids in the formation of blood clots. Low levels of fibrinogen are sometimes seen in cases of excessive clotting, such as disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Your Blood sample will be analysed at our chosen laboratory based in the heart of London's medical district. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from the UK's largest independent provider of clinical diagnostic tests
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Clotting Check results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Clotting Check results.
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