Self-management of oral anticoagulation therapy improves long-term survival in patients with mechanical heart valve replacement.

@article{Koertke2007SelfmanagementOO,
  title={Self-management of oral anticoagulation therapy improves long-term survival in patients with mechanical heart valve replacement.},
  author={Heinrich H Koertke and Armin Zittermann and O. Wagner and Reiner Koerfer},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2007},
  volume={83 1},
  pages={24-9}
}
BACKGROUND The Early Self-Controlled Anticoagulation Trial has demonstrated that in patients with mechanical heart valve replacement self-management of oral anticoagulation results in less major thromboembolic events than conventional measurement by the general practitioner. However, the effects of self-management on long-term survival are currently not known. METHODS Nine hundred thirty patients participated in a follow-up study of the aforementioned trial (488 from the self-management group… CONTINUE READING