CoaguCheck vs. CoaguSense?

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Guest Staff asked 2 years ago

Which is better and why? I’d love to see a side by side comparison and maybe some actual user reviews from people that have been using them for a while..

2 Answers
Guest Staff answered 2 years ago

CoaguChek XS is better. My mom had a home healthcare company coming for a few months following her mechanical heart valve surgery that used the CoaguSense meter to test her INR. I thought it was for lab testing only as it did not look very user friendly when compared to my mom’s glucose meter. They had to use a pipette to draw the blood off of her finger and then put it into a well with a spinning wheel. The meter was about the size of a VCR player and usually took a few tries before it would give a result.

When mom was done with home health the nurse told us there are companies that will give patients their own meter to test at home. I did some research, called some companies and found the ROCHE CoaguChek XS to be the best one out there, same one her cardiologist used in his office. Uses a small drop of blood and is supposedly the most accurate one out there. ACS sent a nurse out to come teach us how to use it in about a weeks time and we have been testing every week at home with no problems. Well we had some trouble the first 2 weeks but ACS was great helping us figure it out what I was doing wrong and now have no issues at all. Much much easier than having to bring ma to the dr office every other week.

Guest Staff answered 2 years ago

My doctor’s office has an INR meter made by Alere, I think it is the Hemosense meter. It seems to need a lot more blood than my CoaguChek meter and you have to get a hanging blood drop to land on a target. I love my CoaguChek meter that Advanced Cardio Services got me set up with! I can apply from the side like I do with my glucose meter and have not had any problems with it. I have not heard about the CoagSense meter but looked it up and it looks huge. I would definitely recommend the CoaguChek meter to anyone thinking about home INR testing. Also if your insurance will cover it, my Blue Shield plan does, ACS is great!

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