While there are some at-home tests, there might come a time when you do not have a test available or require a second opinion. Here at Polmed Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic in Tarpon Springs, we offer PT/INR testing whenever you need it!
What is PT/INR testing?
Prothrombin time measures the time it takes a clot to form from a blood sample. The INR is the result of the test that gets multiplied by a coefficient. This is essentially the same info, just expressed differently. With the INR, you can get standard data to compare from various parts of the world. These tests are used to monitor those getting treated with blood thinners like Warfarin or Coumadin.
Note: Other names for this test include PT protime and Prothrombin Time/International Normalized Ratio
What is it used for?
The PT/INR testing is most often used for:
- Seeing how well the patient’s blood thinner is working
- Finding the reason for the presentation of abnormal blood clots
- Determining why there is unusual bleeding
- Checking clotting functions prior to surgery
- Checking for liver problems
A PT/INR test will often be done with a PTT test (partial thromboplastin time test). This test also looks for various clotting issues.
Why would someone need PT/INR testing?
Patients often need this testing if prescribed a regular blood thinner medication. The test helps ensure you take the right dose to thwart future complications. If you are not on a blood thinner, you may have to get PT/INR testing for clotting or bleeding disorder symptoms.
Polmed Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic is available to address all your concerns regarding PT/INR testing and the associated symptoms that call for such a test. Our trained medical team and friendly staff are here to schedule testing, go over results, and help handle other health concerns you have or medical services you need.