A 52-year-old member asked:
i was just discharged from the hospital after blood clots in both lungs, what is the heparin iv for?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Aaron Milstone answered
27 years experience Pulmonology
Heparin....: Once you are discharged you will be taking low molecular weight heparin (this is given as a shot). There are a number of brands available in the US and overseas. The idea is to provide you with immediate anticoagulation (blood thinner) while you are waiting for the oral blood thinner (warfarin/Coumadin) to have effect. You may be on shots up to 1 week after you are discharged.
Answered on Nov 30, 2014
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