Self-management of oral anticoagulant therapy may improve standard care for patients with mechanical heart valves, according to study results.
“Only small studies have evaluated the effectiveness of [patient self-management] in mechanical heart valve patients in clinical practice,” the researchers wrote. “Most of these studies did not include a control group or they used a methodologically problematic comparison. These studies have focused on surrogate variables and not clinical complications, which makes interpretation difficult in terms of clinical benefit.”
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