Once you have your CoaguChek XS device, you are set up to begin testing your own INR levels. Whilst extra technology isn’t essential for managing your condition, there are all sorts of apps and gadgets out there which make it easier to take control of your health. Here is a list of our favourites (for those who would like to download an app, but are not sure how, click here to find out more)
For some people, remembering to take medication is like brushing your teeth – it just becomes part of the daily routine. However, for others it is a real struggle. Keeping track of your pills can become tiresome and challenging!
Luckily, Medisafe have developed an app that does all the hard work for you (click here to learn more). In the app you can select your medication, dosage, and the time and frequency that you take it. By inputting the number of pills remaining, it can even send reminders for a new prescription.
If you don’t have a smart phone, or only have one pill to take, a low-tech alternative is setting a daily alarm on your mobile or alarm clock.
Tracking vitamin K
When taking warfarin, it can be tricky to monitor vitamin K intake. This is especially true for those who are self-monitoring and need to manage their dosage accordingly.
There is lots of nutrition technology out there. Apps like myfitnesspal allow users to scan barcodes on their food items, or select from popular choices, to show a breakdown of the nutrients. However, as vitamin K is rarely listed on packaging, many of these apps don’t provide the relevant stats.
Fortunately we’ve found an app – Vitamin K 2.4 – that provides easy and accurate information on the vitamin K level in over 900 foods. It’s available now in the iTunes app store (to download the app click on the link through your mobile browser). Hopefully Android will be coming soon.
It goes without saying that it is always important to stay fit and healthy. Whilst that might be easier said than done, at least there are gadgets that can provide a helping hand.
Fitbit is a really popular device that helps you keep on top of your exercise regime by tracking your activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep. We also like Nike+’s Training Club app, which goes the extra mile (literally) by acting as a virtual personal trainer. Within the app there are a variety of training programmes set up with the option for instructional guidance to encourage you and push you on. It also includes personalised plans that you can adapt as you go and if you master a great workout, you can even share it with your friends.
If all of that sounds too high-tech, a motivational music playlist might be enough for an extra five minutes on the treadmill! Some smartphones can even measure the speed of your run and select songs from a playlist to encourage you to go faster.
If you want to learn more about self-testing or you know someone who has recently started self-testing, you can download our free game app as a fun way to learn about self-monitoring your warfarin levels. Can you make the connections to allow the blood to flow and get your INR reading? To download the app, search ‘CoaguGame’ on your phone or tablet device. You can also play online here
CoaguChek: the next generation
In recent years smartphones have changed the way in which we work, live and play. As technology gets more advanced, we’re really excited about developing our own app. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with technology company, Inhealthcare, to develop a smartphone app which integrates with your CoaguChek device. The app will allow you to send your results back to your clinic and receive your new warfarin dosage regime plus the date of next test. We are also working on other functionality to support self-testers. The app will be launching shortly so stay tuned to find out more over the coming months.