As a successful entrepreneur at the helm of a specialist marketing company, Martin Smith’s busy life was turned upside down in 2009 when he suffered a heart attack.
Martin was put on warfarin for the rest of his life, having to attend fortnightly clinic visits to keep a check on his INR levels. Martin’s busy schedule, including holidaying abroad and working across the country all had to be arranged around his clinic visits.
Martin was enrolled onto the digital self-testing in November 2015 via his local GP practice in rural Ilkley. Martin is now enjoying increased freedom from the service, enjoying month long holidays abroad and travelling for work when he needs to.
Martin submits his INR readings and receives his new medication dose via his smartphone app. Since home testing Martin’s readings have become more consistent which he puts down to the increased understanding he now has into how lifestyle affects his readings.
I’m a big advocate for warfarin as it has allowed me to extend my working life. I welcome self testing because it allows me to juggle my work obligations as well as my personal life and also plan our holidays. It just works for me. Self testing has allowed me to understand how warfarin works and helps me to stay in the ideal therapeutic range to keep myself as fit and healthy as possible. My readings are more consistent. It also helps me to follow a good diet and reminds me to avoid food and drink that cause reactions like broccoli and cranberries. Previously it was a fortnight or a month between clinics and a fair bit can happen in that period. Now I can just test myself and ring the nurse for any advice. This new app is really positive for anybody that is still actively working. It is so portable. I can test myself on the train going up and down from London.